Ruth Saunders Yates

Ruth Saunders Yates, 1919­-2014. Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend departed this life at the age of 94 on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ruth was born on September 19, 1919 in Roy, Utah to Simon Saunders and Martha Clara Michael. She graduated from high school in Shelly, Idaho. Ruth married Marvin Oborn Yates on May 1, 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter­-day Saints, where she served faithfully in various calling and especially enjoyed working with 11-­year­-old Scouts and serving in the Jordan River Temple. She was preceded in death by son Leon Yates, daughter Saundra Yates, her parents, and sisters, Electa Wadsworth, Lettie Harker, Elizabeth Shelly, Melba Saunders, Lula Fidelia Saunders, and Thelma May Saunders; brothers, Robert Saunders, John Orrin Saunders, and Simon Austin Saunders. Also preceding her in death are her great-­grandsons Bronson Rhodes and Isaac Hargis; and grandson Troy Rasmussen. She is survived by her husband, daughter-­in-­law Ellen Yates, son Garald Saunders (Frances) Yates, daughter Sharon Martha (Lynn) Halladay, daughter Sheryl Marie Hargis, son Marlin Oborn (Debi) Yates, 20 grandchildren, 45 great­-grandchildren, 18 great­-great­-grandchildren, sister Medora Webster and brother Donald Saunders. Ruth is loved and will be missed by all who know her. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Vernon, Utah LDS Chapel at 11:00 A.M.. Those who desire to visit with the family may do so one hour prior to the services. Funeral services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

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