Ruth Anne (Tucker) Lefever

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ruth Anne Tucker Lefever passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in her home at Canyon Ferry Reservoir on July 21. Ruth was born in Hollywood, California to Abbie Rosesteel Tucker and Waldo Frank Tucker on June 17, 1932.

Her family moved to Eagle Rock, California in 1935 and she attended the Los Angeles City School system graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 1950. She worked for a year at Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company as an IBM key punch operator before attending college at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. It was there that she met the love of her life, Hollis King Lefever, whom she married on June 11, 1954. The following year, she received her BA from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and taught second grade at Prairie Village Elementary School in Johnson County, Kansas.

Twin sons Walter and Paul were born in 1956 in Billings Montana during a summer visit with family.

In 1958, after Hollis finished medical school and internship, the family moved to Glendive, Montana where they enjoyed the arrival of their third son, Stanley in 1959. In 1961 the family moved to Lewistown, where Hollis practiced medicine, and daughter Debra was born in 1964. Ruth busied herself as a fulltime mother, physician’s wife, and active volunteer.

In 1982, when the nest cleared of children, she became a third grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. She loved every minute of this experience. One of her greatest thrills was watching her students grow up and hearing of their accomplishments. In 1996, Hollis and Ruth retired and moved to Canyon Ferry Reservoir full time. They built their dream cabin near Goose Bay Marina and have spent the past 22 years “making memories” with family and friends. Ruth followed Hollis’s passion for photography and was

very skilled at close up shots that became beautiful cards and framed pieces. Her fondness for flower arranging, home making, and people never faltered. In recent years, the highlights of many summer days were outings on a pontoon boat carrying her nickname.

Despite many challenging health issues, Ruth’s joy for life was evident every day and she would want all who knew and loved her to remember her with joy in their hearts. Ruth is survived by her loving family: Hollis, Walter (Tuni), Paul, Stanley (Cynthia), Debra (Michael) Gill, grandchildren Jessica and Tucker Gill and sister Esther (Claude) Pullis along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, Montana 59601 in support of the Cancer Treatment Center/Infusion Services where Ruth received the compassionate care that extended her life. A private family service is being planned. Messages welcome at lehavenh@mt.net. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ruth.

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