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Obituary: KNIGHT, RUTH

Published: Sunday, Dec. 21 2014 5:27 p.m. MST

Ruth Marshall Knight7/31/1927 ~ 1/4/2012Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, Ruth Marshall Knight passed away peacefully on January 4, 2012, in Clinton, Utah at the age of 84. As an unexpected surprise, Ruth came into this life as the oldest of three triplets who were born at home in Minersville, Utah and lovingly cared for by her father and mother, Elmer and Effie Marshall. The tiny 2 1/2 lb., 3 lb., and 5 lb. babies were not expected to survive but all thrived and lived full lives. Ruth kept a close relationship with her brothers and sisters throughout her life. She enjoyed helping her father with farm work and learning homemaking skills from her mother.Ruth married Ken Gerald Knight of Cedar City, Utah on June 28, 1952 and was later sealed in the St. George Temple. Together they raised five children in Cedar City: Karen (Steven) Hunter, Cedar City; Suzanne (David) Pearson, Clinton; Gerald (Trudy) Knight, Logan; Jill (Steven) Christensen, Sandy; and Curtis (Korene) Knight, Logan. Ruth was very dedicated to her family. Her favorite things were being a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, handiwork, canning, quilting, and gardening. Her children and grandchildren especially loved her homemade rolls, pancakes and desserts.In 1975, Ken and Ruth moved to Bountiful, Utah for 10 years before moving back to Cedar City, and eventually back to her roots in Minersville, where they lived in Ruth's newly remolded childhood home. While in Bountiful she worked as a cook for the school lunch program and loved working with the children there.Ruth was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had a strong testimony and especially loved her callings as a Primary and Sunday School teacher. Ruth and Ken served a mission in Illinois at the Carthage Jail. Ruth loved learning and teaching about Joseph Smith. She also enjoyed serving the young missionaries and was skilled in repairing their worn clothing. Ruth and Ken were instrumental in the renovation and rededication of the Carthage Jail. After their mission they spent many hours doing genealogy work for the Church.Ruth was an extremely hard worker and constantly found reasons to serve her family. She was the first to show up and the last to leave on any project. When her children needed extra help she was there; from mixing and pouring grout to landscaping new yards. Ruth always found time to help her grandchildren and never turned down an opportunity to babysit or spend time with them. She was very supportive of all their activities and would often travel 4-5 hours just to watch a grandchild participate in a sport, school program, or recital. She loved family gatherings of all sizes, and always encouraged her children to participate in family reunions and activities. Even in the end, Ruth was inseparable with her family, passing from this life just hours after her older sister, Barbara.Ruth loved to travel. She never turned down an opportunity for a trip. If anyone was going anywhere, she was ready to go. Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband Ken, daughters Karen and Jill, parents, and seven siblings. She is survived by her youngest sister Aldene, children Suzanne, Gerald and Curtis, 33 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minersville 2nd Ward Building in Minersville, Utah. Friends may visit the family on Saturday, January 7th from 1:00-1:45 p.m. Interment will be at the Minersville Cemetery immediately after the services under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.comA special thank you to Ruth's caregivers for the kind and compassionate care that was shown to her during the last few years. We especially appreciate the staff at Country Pines, her aide, Rhonda and other helpers at Legacy Hospice care who made her life more comfortable near the end.