Ruth Mae Lewis Hersh
Ruth Mae Lewis Hersh, age 93 passed peacefully from this earth on New Year's Eve December 31, 2019. She was born June 16, 1926 in Emery Utah to John Samuel Lewis and Alta Brinkerhoff Lewis. Ruth married LeRoy (Tommy) Hersh (deceased) October 12, 1946 in Emery Utah.
Ruth was the daughter of a cattle rancher and spent her summers on the Fishlake National Forest herding cattle, riding like the wind and swearing just like her dad (Ruth was often disciplined as a child for swearing). At the ripe old age of 6 she kicked J Bracken Lee (Governor) in the shin and called him a SOB for a comment he made that she did not like. Her grandma would put cream on her tongue, to cool the pepper that her mother put on it and say, "chicken little, ya just gatta quit swearing".
Ruth graduated from South Emery High School in 1944 and received a scholarship to the University of Utah Nursing School. While home on break, she was in a tragic car accident and her leg was badly broken, the pain and long healing time prevented her from continuing floor duty as a nurse. While Ruth was recovering from the injury a curly hair red head came home from WWII, Ruth fell head-over-heels for Tom and he was the love of her life and they were married October 12, 1946. Housing was scarce in the Emery and Carbon areas, but they were able to purchase a home in East Carbon City because the town needed professional residents to support the growing community.
Ruth worked in the local doctor's office until she was asked to teach school. Ruth loved teaching and adored all her students and it was common for her little ones to line up and get a big hug from her. Teaching adult education was very rewarding to her, she was so proud to see her students be sworn in as citizens of the US. Ruth was an exceptional teacher and was recognized as Teacher of the year.
After Tom's death, in the Wilberg Mine Disaster, Ruth retired (after 30 years of teaching) and embarked on new interests of traveling and sports. Ruth was a good bowler and competed in several state tournaments, but golf became her love and lifestyle. She lived 6 months in Utah and 6 in Arizona, so she would never have a non-golf day and did not miss the snow. She was a very successful golfer, winning the Carbon Country Club Championship three times and had 4 hole-in-ones. Ruth and her daughter teamed up as golfing partners and won or placed in many team events throughout Utah. They also thought the best tournaments were the ones with a great desert.
Ruth was very social and was the life of a party, she loved to dance and dressed to the hilt when attending parties at the Sun City Country Club. Ruth made friends wherever she went, and she cherished her friendship's and all the people that brought her joy.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Becky Hersh (Terry Roberts) and son, Bruce R Hersh (Mari), three grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Becky and Terry wish to express our sincere gratitude to the management, CNA care providers and nurses that made her last year's joyful and comforting at Beehive Homes of Riverton. We also thank the residents and families that have given us their love, friendship and support.
Private family services will be held at Emery Cemetery.
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