Ruth Elaine Cobia
November 15, 1933 – December 06, 2018
Ruth Elaine Cobia was born on November 15, 1933 in Tremonton, Utah. She was the seventh child in a family of ten children. Her father was William Keith Clark and her mother was Sarah Ellen Long Clark. Her family lived in Black Pine, Utah. When it was time for her arrival, Keith and Ellen headed for Tremonton pulling a trailer with a cow on board. During the trip they had a flat tire on the trailer. So they unhooked it and left it on the side on the road and took Ellen on to Tremonton. Then Keith went back to fix the tire but before he got back to town, the baby had been born. She attended school, grades one through three in a brick one room school in Black Rock. The teacher was trying to teach eight grades in one room. When in the third grade, the teacher would ask her to help the first and second graders with their work. She really loved helping them.
Elaine graduated from Grace High School. She met her sweetheart, Claude Benjamin Cobia when he came to her parent’s home with his former scoutmaster and Elaine’s sister. They exchanged letters and visits and were later married in the Idaho Falls Temple August 27th, 1954. They moved to Pocatello and bought a home. There, four children were born to them.
The family moved to Salt Lake City with a job transfer and lived there five years. There another baby boy, Robert Keith, was born, but passed shortly after birth. They then returned to Idaho buying a home in McCammon.
After her children were all enrolled in school, Elaine went back to school and attended Idaho State University. She graduated with honor and began her teaching career at Inkom Elementary. She then taught in McCammon for the next twenty-two years. She loved teaching the young people and she loved the kids. She taught more than academics. She taught responsibility, and kindness. She loved her job.
Elaine loved her children and grandchildren. Every summer she held “Grandmas Week”. This was a time for all the grandchildren to be together and participate in memorable activities with their cousins. The kids loved this week.
Elaine was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in many callings. She loved the gospel and received numerous blessings that helped her throughout her life. She enjoyed her family and her community. She and Claude served a mission in Nauvoo. After returning from the mission, Claude died in an accident. Shortly after that she went on another mission to Nauvoo. She continued to accept callings in the church and blessed the lives of others and her own.
Elaine is survived by Micheal (Caroline) Cobia, Diane (Jeff) Norman, Greg )Tina Cobia, Rick (Colleen) Cobia and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Claude Cobia, a son, Robert Cobia, and two grandsons, Truman Cobia and Bret Norman.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. in the McCammon LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in the Norton Cemetery.