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Ruth M. Pearson

Ruth M. Pearson

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 patrons.
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.
The family suggests any memorials go to the Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealz.org/node/1121 or phone 781-237-3800.
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