Nothing by Servitude

The following obituary appeared on April 15, 1998 in the Idaho Statesman. I thought one sentence had a very telling message:

Ruth B. Glenn

Ruth B. Glenn, having completed her cycle of mortality, slipped the restraining bonds of life and wentaway on her last and final and greatest adventure on Sunday, April 12, 1998

Graveside ser-vices will be held Thursday, April 16, at Cloverdale Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Boise Chapter#65, Order of the East-ern Star. Services are under the direc-tion of Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Born in Payson, Utah in l908 to a pioneer family, she was afforded a strong L.D.S. upbringing. She later left that exacting faith as she felt it held lit-tle opportunity for women save servi-tude. She worked in the construction field for most of her life and was em-ployed by Utah Construction, Six Companies, and Morrison Knudsen. She met Robert R. Glenn at Railroad Pass, Nev. and they were married in Las Vegas in 1934.

They traveled the West for the next 20 years and she made a home and filled it with love wherever they lived. A tent in Cook City, Montana, a tarpaper shack in Broadwater, Nebraska, a log cabin at LaJoie Falls, British Columbia, or a posh hotel suite in Panama City, it was all the same, Home.

A loving, kind, and caring person, she is survived by her son, grandchil-dren, and great-grandchildren.

Times were bitter hard when I was a child. People were out of work and standing in soup lines or selling ap-ples on the street because they were too proud to beg. We always had more than most but still sometimes there was not enough. I never went to bed hungry.

Please, no flowers or memorials. Spend a day with someone you love, or share a meal or a telephone call. Be kind to those who love you and re-member Ruthie and celebrate her life on this special day.