Ruth Ann Benander, 86, Russell, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Russell Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Alliance, Ohio, to Henry E. and Dorothy (Eels) Pierce. She graduated from Alliance High School.

She married Jack Benander on May 31, 1991, in Denton, Texas. She was a silk finisher for a dry cleaning company.

Survivors include her husband, Russell; two sons, Robert Kunkel, Denton, Texas, and Michael McFadden, Roundrock, Texas; two daughters, Judy DeSilva, Pawnee, Ill. and Tara Wass, Denton; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Kunkle.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell; cremation has been selected by the family and inurnment of the cremains will take place at the Russell City Cemetery immediately following the memorial service.

Memorials are suggested to Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Scholarship Fund in care of the mortuary.