Ruth Umberger went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 9, 2013, following a stroke she suffered in August 2011. Her husband of 59 years, John Umberger; her son, Wayne Umberger and his family,
Char Gardner and Katlynn Umberger; and her daughter, Valerie Umberger, were at her side.
Ruth was born Nov. 14, 1933, in England, Ark. She lost her mother, Mamie Sample, at the age of 6; and after losing her father, Clifton Sample, when she was 10, she moved to Bridgeport, where she was raised by her sister, Ann and her brother-in-law, Chuck. Then in her high school years, she lived with Erma and Wilford Shaw.
On August 16, 1953, she married John W. Umberger. The couple moved back to the Methow in 1973, where they owned and operated their apple and hay ranch. Ruth won several Top Orchard Awards
during her 30 years working the orchard.
She was not only known for her participation in the local Farm Bureau, but also for her excellence at the work she did for local restaurants throughout the Methow Valley.
At the age of 72, she finally decided to spend her “golden years” working around the family property, spending many hours in her garden.
Ruth’s one big vice was playing bridge, which she’d sneak away to play whenever there was a
game within a 50 mile radius!
She is survived by her husband, John; her son and daughter; along with three grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
As Ruth was a breast cancer survivor, the family would like donations be made to the American Breast Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
Services will be scheduled at a later date.