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
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.