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Obituary: THEURER, RUTH

Ruth Elizabeth Brook Theurer1920-2013Ruth Elizabeth Brook Theurer, 92, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2013, surrounded by her adoring family.The only daughter of Alvin and Lilla Seeburger Brook, she was born, along with her twin brother, Gilbert, on November 13, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When she was 8 years old she went to live with her aunt and uncle, Mabel and Nathan Cummings, in Havertown, Pennsylvania.Upon graduating from Haverford High School she attended Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and received her nursing degree. In December 1943, she enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and served in the Nurse Corps, Lieutenant (Junior Grade). During the next few years she was stationed in various hospitals around the country. She was an excellent nurse and the military patients noticed her quick wit, skilled care and pretty smile. While stationed in the Seattle Naval Hospital, a handsome red-haired doctor also noticed this beautiful and caring nurse and after several dates over cottage cheese salads, they were married on June 12, 1946 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. This week they would have celebrated 67 years of living happily ever after. Ruth and Hank moved to Salt Lake City in 1948 where Hank completed his specialty training and set up his OB/GYN medical practice. Over the next 7 years they welcomed 5 children, including twin boys. Mother was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And every grandchild thought they were her favorite. Dad said he never could have performed his medical responsibilities without everything mother did to support him including her patience with his frequent absences from home, and providing him with a clean pressed white shirt and a delicious packed lunch every day for 44 years until his retirement.Ruth was more comfortable being a giver rather than a receiver. She loved being in the background, serving quietly in her kind and gracious way. She baked thousands of cookies for family, friends and neighbors, including the mailman. Each year she sent out nearly 100 birthday cards. She made many lasting friendships with Relief Society sisters while serving on food committees and performing compassionate service in both the Yale Second and Monument Park 17th wards. She enjoyed her associations with those at the Salt Lake Country Club for 47 years, in Agalia Mu, and others she served with at the Neighborhood House and in medical auxiliaries. Throughout her life she enjoyed reading the newspaper, following sports (an acquired taste), playing bridge with dear friends and keeping her weekly hair appointment. She was a living example of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ruth had no enemies and was loved by all. The phrase "she was an angel" was used again and again to describe her. Her life was a legacy of love.She is survived by her husband Henry A. Theurer, Jr. M.D., and children Henry A. (Ty) III (Dianne), Craig (Carol), Brian (Mejken), Kris T. Stone (Jay) and Richard; 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Alvin, Bill and Gilbert and daughter-in-law Judy Jacobsen Theurer (Ty).Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 12 Noon at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 Crestview Dr. Friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South and again Tuesday morning 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the ward. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Dr.