Ruth Ellsworth Bowen, 92, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. Ruth was the seventh child and fifth daughter born to Ida Wolfley and Edmund Ellsworth on January 10, 1925, in Rexburg, Idaho. The family later moved to Idaho Falls where Ruth went to grade school, junior high school, and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1943.
Soon after high school graduation she attended Western Union Teletype School in Santa Cruz, California. After finishing her course of study she stopped in Malad, Idaho on her way home to visit some friends. She met LaVar Bowen while in Malad, and the rest is history.
Ruth married LaVar Bowen on May 4, 1945, in Pocatello, Idaho. They made their home in Malad and were still living there when LaVar passed away after nearly 71 years of marriage.
To this union were born three daughters, Dianne, Suzanne, (twins) and Sandy. Ruth would have been classed as a “stay at home Mom”, but she spent most of her years working by LaVar’s side in several different jobs. She worked in the gas station with LaVar and kept books for the business-even filling cars with gasoline and washing the windows for their customers.
Ruth drove school bus as a relief driver for her husband for a number of years. She also was an Avon Lady for a while and worked at Magic Gas Company for Reed Smith.
Ruth was industrious and always kept a well-ordered home. She sewed clothes for her girls until they were old enough to sew for themselves. She was a good cook and no one ever left her home hungry.
She was the last one remaining in her family and missed her brothers and sisters and parents so much. Preceding her in death were her
parents, Edmund and Ida Ellsworth; her brothers and sisters, Edwin “Ted” (Marcelene) Ellsworth; Robert Glen “Heber” (Dee)
Ellsworth; Margaret Newman; Grace Ellsworth; Irene (Jim) Hicks; Betty (Gale) Storer; Elizabeth (Grant) Madsen; and Veda Carlyle.
She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Dianne (Marvin) Pett; Suzanne (Don) Hartley; and Sandy (Dan) Tippetts; twelve grandchildren and their spouses, forty-three great- grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Kathalee Nelson and Helen Harris, and a brother-in-law, George Bowen (Margaret).
Family was always important to Ruth and now she has left us to join some of them who have been gone so long. She passed away on September 28th, 2017 in Malad, Idaho, and will be laid to rest beside her sweetheart and husband, LaVar Bowen in the Malad City Cemetery. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 2 at 12 noon in the Malad LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, 400 N. 200 W. Friends may visit with the family at the Horsley Funeral Home on Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Malad Cemetery.