Ruth Irene Wright passed away on November 15, 2019 in Boise, Idaho, from natural causes at the age of 73. She was surrounded by family and friends, and went peacefully as she was called Home. She is survived by 2 treasured sisters, Ann Owens and Letha Johnson; 5 grateful children, William “Bill” Parley, Jr., Cheryl Lynn (Barnes), Teressa Ann, John Dana, and Jennifer Sue (Komperud); 13 precious grandchildren and 7 cherished great grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Wright Sr., her esteemed parents, Wilford Jarvis (Jackson) and Blanche (Liljenquist), 8 loving siblings and numerous other special family members and friends.
Ruth was born in Rexburg, Idaho on November 27, 1945 to a large family; she was 3rd from the youngest of 10 children and loved her family dearly. Growing up near the Grand Tetons, which she called “true God’s Country”, she loved life and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Always clever, sweet and kind with a touch of sass, she graduated from Madison High School in 1964 and worked odd jobs into her twenties.
In 1971 while working as a waitress in Rexburg, she met her husband Bill; they were married in Elko, Nevada on June 3, 1972 when they eloped. Ruth had her oldest child, Teressa, the same year. Then, they moved from Rexburg to Weiser before moving on to Boise when her husband got hired at the Post Office in 1973. They did their best to blend their families and she was step-mother to young Bill & Cheryl. Ruth had her second child John in 1974 and maintained her very important role as homemaker while raising her children well. She performed countless hours of service work for March of Dimes and through the Church throughout her life; she played active roles in the PTA over more than a decade, she played and even coached basketball, and she ran popcorn Fridays at Ustick Elementary well into the 1980s. She bore her youngest child Jennifer in 1981 and usually picked up odd jobs to help make ends meet. Ruth helped her children mind 3 paper routes as they grew up, instilling early on the importance of showing up every day and working hard for your family.
Ruth loved fishing, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, baking, doing puzzles, and doting on her kids and grandkids. She was regularly a bit irreverent but always in good fun. She loved her family very much and even when plagued with health issues later in life, she was mostly concerned about their wellbeing. While dementia took some of her mental capacity in her final years, she remained her silly self and easily won the hearts of all who assisted her to have quality of life. Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, and Friend was tired and ready to go Home, though its still so hard to say goodbye.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, November 29th, 2019, at 12:00p.m. at Bowman Funeral Chapel located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Boise, Idaho 83714. A full lunch will be served immediately afterward, with a committal ceremony to follow at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery promptly at 2:00p.m., just up the hill from the service—all are welcome.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor. www.bowmanfuneral.com 208-853-3131
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