Ruth was born to Sven (Swan) A. Sampson and Hannah Branting Sampson on August 24, 1929. She was raised a Lutheran on the family homestead northeast of Troy where she was born. Ruth walked or rode in a horse-drawn sleigh to Pleasant Hill Country School until fourth grade when she attended school in Troy, graduating from Troy High School. After graduation her parents sold the family farm and moved to Moscow in 1947.
Ruth married Donald E. Smith in Boise, Idaho on July 14, 1962. They made their home in Moscow where she key-punched for the computer department at WSC (Washington State College, now WSU), specifically in research for ten years. Together they moved to Pinehurst in 1972 where Ruth worked for Hecla Mining Company. In 1977, they relocated to Soda Springs where she worked in payroll for Washington Construction. In 1986, retirement brought Ruth and Don back to Pinehurst, ID where they lived on the golf course. They then moved back to Moscow in 2006 to come back to their roots
Ruth was an avid golfer, playing in leagues wherever she lived. She enjoyed spending time at “the cabin” on Rocky Point on Lake Chatcolet, ID. Ruth was also passionate about bowling, gardening, dancing, cooking, baking, traveling and she loved to entertain. One of Ruth’s fondest memories was when she travelled to Sweden to visit her parent’s birthplaces.
Ruth is survived by her husband Don at the family home, her sister-in-law Marcella Noren of Lewiston, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and in compliance with Ruth’s wishes there will be no service. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in her name.
Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow is caring for the family and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net