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Ruth A. Spears


Ruth A. Spears

April 1, 1961 - July 19, 2019

Ruth A. Spears, age 58, of Cloquet, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 1, 1961 in Sandstone, MN to Joseph and Delphine (Benjamin) Shabaiash. Ruth was a member of the Fond du Lac Reservation and worked various jobs at the Black Bear Casino and Mystic Lake Casino; and bindery work in Minneapolis. She enjoyed Pow Wows, dancing, going to the casino, and family gatherings and barbeques. Her most memorable trip was to the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Spears; six brothers, Dennis, Joe, Daniel, Rodney, Lloyd, and Delbert Shabaiash; and two sisters, Linda and Lois Shabaiash. She is survived by her children, Jeremy Spears, Lesley Shabaiash, and Amanda Spears; brothers, Leslie, Roy and Donald Shabaiash; one sister, Rosalie (Neil) Gopher; 14 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 23, 2019 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Sawyer Community Center on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 also at the Sawyer Community Center. Interment service will be at St. Mary and Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet.


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