PRICE/GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Our loving wife, mother, sister and beloved grandmother, Ruth Alice Newton Richards Guptill, passed away July 14, 2008 in Price at the age of 91.
She was born Jan. 25, 1917 in Reading, Kan., the oldest daughter of Warren C. and Laura Jones Newton.
Ruth spent her childhood in Kansas and, at the age of 16, was baptized in the Reading Baptist Church. In 1937, she graduated from Reading High School.
On June 2, 1940, she married James Roy Richards in Kansas. Ruth spent her early married life in Kansas, California and Alamosa, Colo.
On July of 1947, she moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where James passed away on March 17, 1966. She spent 20 years working as a nurse at the Grand Junction Osteopathic Hospital.
On Jan. 26, 1975, Ruth married Harold Guptill in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ruth enjoyed making quilts and she made many for her family and friends.
She enjoyed her bowling and always said, "I didn't know if I bowled to live or lived to bowl."
Survived by her husband, Harold Guptill, Price; daughter, Marilyn (Dennis) Steele, Fredricksburg, Iowa; son, Daniel (Judy) Richards, Grand Junction, Colo.; step-children, Sandra Bryant, Lori Guptill both of Lancaster, Ohio; Richard (Charlotte) Guptill, Craig, Colo.; Allen (Jann) Guptill, Price; brother, Lloyd Newton, Lindon, Kan.; sisters, Joyce Jennings, Butte, Mont.; Rachel Smith, Sacramento, Calif.; Betty Noll, Hutchinson, Kan.; Laura Mae Wyant, Junction City, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by infant sons, James Eugene and Lowell Dean Richards; first husband, James Roy Richards; and brothers, Lee, Edwin and Ken Newton.
Funeral service, Friday, July 18, 9:30 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service.Graveside service Friday, 2:45 p.m., Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.