Ruth M. Pearson, born Ruth M. McCoy, peacefully passed away July 30 at the age of
89 surrounded by many of her children and grandchildren. Per her request, her remains have been
cremated and no public service will be held.
A family last farewell will be held on the return of one of her granddaughters
from Officer Training School with the Air Force.
Ruth was born on September 24, 1925 on a small farm in Newcastle,
Wyoming. She was the youngest of eight children and was always proud of her
East Wyoming roots. Being the youngest
of eight, she developed an adventurous and independent spirit, which served her
well all her life, and has been passed onto her children and
grandchildren. Staying with her sister
in Washougal, Washington for the summer before her senior year of high school,
she met Jimmy (James W. Bruce). After
finishing high school they married in 1943. Ruth and Jimmy had three children,
James, and twins Becky and Bobi. With him, she shepherded her family around the
world while Jimmy served in the military.
Ruth bought the daily bread from bakeries in Japan, France, and Germany
and enjoyed the diversity. She was always amazed that a Wyoming farm girl would
have the opportunity to travel the world.
During the Korean War, while Jimmy was stationed in Japan, Ruth
worked in the Advocate General’s office.
Air Raid Sirens and drills were a daily occurrence which she and the
staff learned to take in stride. She was very proud of the services she was
able to offer in support of her country and husband. Six months after moving to Boise in 1965, at
the age of 42, Jimmy passed away and Boise became Ruth’s permanent home. Ruth soon became a valued employee of the
United States Postal Service where she retired in 1984. Ruth began her duties working on the docks,
quickly advanced to the LSM (sorting) machines, and soon after became the
public face of the Main Post Office in Room 1.
She was the friendly voice responding to the needs of the post office
After the tragic loss of Jimmy, at the insistence of her cousin
Lois, Ruth went to the Mardi Gras Ballroom and met Victor Daniel Pearson, her
knight in shining armor. They married in
January of 1974. Vic was a kind, loving,
and wise partner (and father figure to her children) until his death two years
ago. This union brought two additional
daughters into her family, whom she absolutely adored.
Ruth will forever be a part of all those who knew and loved her
gentle spirit. She is survived by son
Dr. James R. Bruce (Lindarose) and children Joseph (Bruce) Novak , Adam Bruce
and David Bruce, daughter Becky Boardman (Howard) and
children Heather Conrad and Shauna Petersen, daughter
Bobi Cleveland (Bruce) and children Sonya Lovejoy and Cassie
Morlock, and stepdaughter Janice Lance (Gordy) and stepdaughter Judith
Seyfert (Steve) and children Erica Woodside, Elke Patten and David
Daniel Patten and many great-grandchildren.