Ruth Woodbury Lewis was born May 29, 1925, to Arthur G. and Blanche Woodbury in Craig. She died Oct. 17, 2007, at Sandrock Ridge Care Center.
Ruth attended schools in Moffat County and graduated from high school in 1942. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., for one year before enlisting in a Cadet Nursing Program. She graduated three years later and became a registered nurse. Ruth worked for many years for hospitals, clinics and the Visiting Nurse Association before retiring in 1996.
On Sept. 11, 1946, Ruth married George K. Lewis. They lived in Denver, Alamosa, Price, Utah and returned to Craig in 1949.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Guy Lou Carter. She is survived by her husband, George; two sisters, Eda Carter and Arlene (Tom) Knock; four daughters, Linda Booker, Laurie (Fred) Gonzales, Lexie (Greg)) Foster, and Lisa (David) Bachman; seven grandsons, three great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons.
Ruth will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver. Throughout her nursing career, Ruth cared for and touched many lives. It wasn't unusual for her to be stopped by her patients several times on a trip through the grocery store to get some needed medical advice. She retired three times before getting it done and only then because of health reasons.
Ruth's last few years of working as a nurse was as a VNA nurse working with seniors, who, in some cases, were younger than her. Her family understood the quote, "once a nurse, always a nurse."
Ruth was known for her quiet, dry humor and her cherry pies and chocolate chip cookies. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, friends and fellow nurses at Sandrock Ridge.
A memorial service to celebrate Ruth's life will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.