Ruth Williams Blaisdell


Ruth Williams Blaisdell
April 10, 1920 – August 27, 2018

Ruth Williams Blaisdell, our sweet mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, both seen and unseen as she returned to her Heavenly home. Her last days were filled with love, laughter, and memories. Her desire to love and lift others was important to her right up until her final moments and she was certainly loved by many in return.

Ruth was born April 10, 1920, to James H. and Elva Price Williams. She was the 3rd of 6 children. She was taught the value of work and the importance of family as she grew up on the family farm in Gwenford, Idaho. Her chores, were milking cows, attending to the chickens and helping her mother with cooking and housework.

Family was and continues to be the center of her world.

After graduating from Malad High school, she attended college in Albion and received her teaching degree. She taught school for 2 years before she married her sweetheart, Theron Blaisdell on June 6, 1942. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the LDS temple in Logan, Utah, July 13, 1954.

Theron and Ruth were blessed with three beautiful children, Sharon Elaine, Ronald Theron, and Julie.

You could always find mom busy feeding the hired help, and caring for her family. Our mother and grandmother infused everything she made in the kitchen with love! We truly have never been able to master her ability to cook to perfection. Our favorites included potato salad, roast beef dinners, Christmas pudding, meatloaf, and her famous carrot cake. Many memories have been made while spending time with her in the kitchen not only learning how to cook and clean, but more importantly how to live.

Usually, there was always one more thing for dad to do before he sat down. She always had a project in the works. Shopping became one of her favorite pastimes, whether it was for clothes, furniture, or carpet for her house. Mom was known for her beautiful yard and immaculate house.

Mom worked at J.C. Penney’s and later at the First Bank and Trust, where she later retired.

She loved bowling, gardening, playing cards, and games with her family.

She had a strong testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints where she served in many callings.

Each year she took countless hours to find the perfect Birthday card and Christmas gift, for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. These cards and gifts have been a treasured extension of her love and she made sure that they knew she loved them.

Mom lived close to her children and grandchildren. We have been able to gather together on many special occasions and holidays though out the years. We are blessed to be a part of her great legacy and will emulate her together as a family. We will continue to remember you, mom, when we see beautiful rose gardens, bright blue skies, rainbows and butterflies. All the beauties of the earth remind us of you.

Our mother, Ruth, is survived by her children Sharon (Burke) Peterson, Murray, Utah, Ronald (Shirlee) Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, and Julie (Dan) Bastian, Malad, Idaho, 7 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and one sister JoAnn Gifford, St George, Utah. She was greeted on the other side of the veil by her beloved husband Theron, parents, and grandparents, brothers, (Bland, Wayne, and Henry Gene Williams), a sister (Jennie Hobbs), son- in-law (Michael Archibald), her grandson (Jason Kelly Bastian), and great grandson (Daniel B. Angell).

Viewing will be held Friday, August 31, 2018, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday morning 10:30-11:30 at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 West 300 North, Malad, Idaho. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at the Malad Stake Center, 1250 North 1100 West, with interment at the Malad City Cemetery.

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