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Information for Ruth Marie Oakland Birt
13 June, 1912
25 March, 1994
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
29 March, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Ruth Birt

     Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth M. Birt, 81, of Meridian, who died Friday, March 25, 1994, at the Nampa hospital, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 1994, at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.  Rev. Edward Kerschen-steiner of the Boise Valley Church of the Brethren will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
     Ruth M. Birt was born on June 13, 1912, in Concordia, Kansas, to Morris Edward and Bessie Lola Higgins Oaklund.  She was the oldest of a family of six.  She had four brothers and one sister.  She was reared and educated in Nebraska, graduating from high school.
     She was a school teacher and taught grades one through eight in a one-room school in Nebraska.
     She married Harry Mansfield Birt in Lexington, Nebraska, on April 9, 1932.  They moved to Idaho in 1936.  They lived in a various places in Idaho, Washington and Montana until they settled on a farm in the Bowmont area south of Nampa.
     Ruth was active in the Brethren Church at both Bowmont and Boise Valley and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.  She was also active in Happy Valley P.T.A. and many community activities. She also worked as a homemaker raising a family of two boys and two girls.
     She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years on August 8, 1982.
     She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Vonda and Tom Howerton of Pocatello and Harriette Birt of Nampa; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Albert and Melinda Birt of Nampa and Bob Birt of Sweet Home, OR; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Fay Oaklund of Nampa; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Charles Siegel of Twin Falls, ID; three sisters-in-laws and a brother-in-law, Odessa Birt of Nampa, Florence Vories of West Minister, CA, and Darlene and Glenn Chapppell (sic) of Nampa; and many nieces and nephews.
     Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
     Ruth was a very special, caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put others first.  Her first loves were family, friends, gardening and flowers.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
     Friends may call at the Alsip Chapel today until 9 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.