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Ruth Deloras Ward April 6, 1929 - January 21, 2020

Ruth Deloras Ward

On the evening of January 21, 2020 surrounded by those who loved her, Ruth Deloras Ward passed away in Boise, Idaho.

Ruth was born on April 6, 1929 in Homedale, Idaho to William and Katie Saul. She was the second of their eight children. She grew up in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon, attending 26 different schools as the family moved from ranch to ranch for her father’s work.

Ruth graduated from Baker City High School in Baker City, Oregon then moved to Boise, Idaho to attend nurses training. While in Boise she fell in love with Kenneth N. Ward and they married on July 12, 1949. They were married for 53 years.

During the early years of their marriage Ruth was a stay-at-home mom and often had half the kids in the neighborhood playing in her back yard. She always said it was an easy way to keep track of what her kids were up to. She did so many things for her children including being a room mother at school, 4H leader, birthday party planner and chauffeur to lessons. Ruth attended any and all school activities with her children. She was an all-around great mom.

She took a job with the US GSA motor pool as a clerk and stayed for 20 years. She enjoyed her job and the many people she met there but was happy to retire.

When the family was young vacations were often camping trips around the state of Idaho. Later she and Ken expanded their travel adventures to include most of the Western and Midwestern states. They loved wintering in Arizona after they retired.

Ruth also enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Society.

She was a wonderful “Gram” to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Ruth thoroughly enjoyed them all.

Ruth was a talented seamstress and could always be counted on to create costumes for dance recitals, school plays, drill teams and Halloween. She sewed dolls and sock monkeys, whole wardrobes for dolls and most of the clothes her children wore when they were young. She also enjoyed quilting, embroidery and crochet. Ruth also loved to read and passed that on to her children.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Ken, her parents, William and Katie Saul, brothers Leo, Gene and Roy Saul and sisters Katie Ellen Saul, Dorothy Spence and Mabel Dreher. She is survived by her daughter Connie Behee, son Matt Ward (Betty) and sister Flora Perrin. Her grandchildren are Heather (Adam) Mark, Pete (Angela) Erlendson, Kari (Lane) Johnson, great-grandchildren Keegan (Holly) See, Sophia and Tucker Mark, Sydnee, Claire, Harper and Nora Erlendson, Paige, Avery and Kellen Johnson, great-great-grandchildren Parker and Aiden See. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.


  1. REPLY
    KT says

    When I heard about Ruth’s passing I felt sadness, I had known her most of my life. But then I was flooded with all these wonderful childhood memories I had growing up across the street from the Ward family. For it was Ruth who enriched the lives of the neighborhood kids. Whether is was picnics, summer drive-in movies, decorating easter eggs, making halloween costumes, she was the block go to Mom for fun. She introduced me to S’mores, doesn’t get any better than that for a kid! She will surely be missed but will live on in our memories. Rest in peace dear Ruth

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