Juneau resident Ruth Kenworthy died Feb. 25, 2005, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital.
She was born to Stella and Thomas Elwood Kenworthy on January 31, 1920, in Lynn, Ind. She was married to John Gurth in October 1945. With the intent to be missionaries, the couple moved to Alaska in 1950. Her Alaska journey began as she hunted and watched the Northern Lights with her family. She assisted a midwife, traveled miles via dog sled and hauled drinking water and blocks of ice from the Yukon River.
She moved with her family in 1965 to Juneau. She worked for the Department of Labor. Upon her retirement, she traveled to Israel, Mexico, Boston, Florida and Washington, D.C.
She served as president and secretary on the Mountain View Senior Center Board. She was a longtime member of Juneau Christian Center. Her friends and family say she was a soft and gentle woman who was easy to love.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her sons, Robert and David.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicki; her husband, Chuck; daughter-in-law, Donna; grandchildren, Jerri, Michael, Martin and Sheri Gurth, Sarah Gurth, Tammy, Tony, Tina and Tonya.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 2, at Mountain View Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Juneau Christian Center building fund.
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