Ruth Ann Messer, 73 of Washington, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation Center of Washington. 

Born Dec. 13, 1943, in Bettendorf, she was the daughter of Arthur R. and Velma A. Rich Messer.

Miss Messer was a member of the last graduating class of Wayland High School in 1962 and attended Burlington Beauty Academy, working as a hair stylist for five years. Later she worked at the Contel/GTE Telephone Co. for 24 years. She attended Cottonwood Church and enjoyed cooking, sports, keeping up with current events and was an avid reader. 

Survivors include two brothers, Roger Messer of Williford, Arkansas, David Messer of Tennessee; two sisters, Norma Meyer and Elizabeth Rugg, both of Wayland; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three half sisters.

She will be cremated per her request, and no services will be held. 

Memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Research may be sent to Beatty Funeral Home which is assisting her family at this time.