COLD WEATHER CASUALTY – Sitka Public Works Department employees dig up a section of broken water line near the corner of Price Street and Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. Nearby houses continue to have water, but may have reduced pressure. While work is being done, the intersection is closed from the corner to Lillian Drive. Detours for access to the Lance Drive and the Hillside Subdivision neighborhoods are from Smith Street and Jarvis Street. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Memorial Set Sunday For Ruth V. Roth, 94

Ruth V. Roth

    A memorial for longtime Sitka resident Ruth Roth will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the First Presbyterian Church.
    Following worship, family and friends will share Ruth stories and snacks.
Ruth Virginia Roth (nee Ott) joined the Lord and her husband Franklin in heaven on Aug. 21. She was 94.
She was born May 16, 1925, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first member of her family to graduate from high school, Ruth attended Bible College and then nursing training (at Philadelphia General Hospital), while working as a bookkeeper in a lumber yard. After graduating from nursing school she became the only member of her family to leave Philadelphia when she moved to Glenallen, Alaska, to become a registered nurse with the Copper River Mission Station. 
In Glenallen she met and married Franklin Roth Jr. (who also was from Pennsylvania) and they moved to Wasilla.  In 1964, they and their five children moved to Sitka which remained her home until she passed away on August 21, 2019.
In yet another first for her family, Ruth received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1979. She spent most of her working career at the Sitka Pioneers Home, eventually becoming director of nursing. She made many lifetime friends in her time there.
In retirement, Ruth and Frank hiked and camped around the country, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.  At age 75, Ruth said “no more” to sleeping on the ground, but continued to hike with Frank, and visited family and old friends while not in Sitka. She volunteered as a bookkeeper at the Betty Eliason Child Care Center, as well as for the First Presbyterian Church.
Ruth was full of grace, good cheer, and compassion, which came from her boundless love of Jesus Christ. She loved jumping in and helping out, and the many adventures with her family, including a Chilkoot Trail expedition in 1969.
She got down on the floor and did puzzles with her grandchildren and made toys and blankets for them even as her knees, eyesight and fingers became less and less agile.
  She believed in peace and understanding, family, and community and did all she could to keep them together. She made it apparent how much she appreciated people and what each individual brought to the world.
She was adamantly opposed to war and went to Washington, D.C., to add her own piece to the peace ribbon that was wrapped around the Pentagon in 1985. She composed weekly missives to each out-of-town family member beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing into her last year of life.  `
Ruth was principled and nonjudgmental. She lived a life where everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord and she battled hard to preserve the Sitka Presbyterian Church, where she served during her lifetime as an elder and a deacon.
She is survived by her children Christian Anne Williams (Stanley Schoening) of Sitka, Franklin G. Roth, III (Susan Roth) of Powell, Wyoming, Joseph H.O. Roth (Brenda Taylor) of Juneau, Gwendolyn E. Roth of Anchorage, and Jessica S. Roth of Sitka, as well as her grandchildren, Peter P. K. Williams, Benjamin Roth, Trevor Schoening, Abigail Taylor-Roth, and Clem Taylor-Roth.  She also left behind several nieces and nephews and one cousin.
“She was a truly good person, a great mother, and she made the world a better place.  We will miss her,” her family said. “As she was fond of saying, ‘Good night and little fishes!’”

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