Ruth Francis Sherren

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Juneau resident Ruth Francis Sherren died at 5:45 a.m. June 16, 2009, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 92.

She was born April 16, 1917, in Salt lake City, Utah, to Margurite and James Sherren. She was an older sister in a family of nine girls and three boys.

She was the adventurer in her large family. She ventured forth in her early teens for jobs and to travel. She moved to Juneau twice and worked in Juneau at the St. Ann's hospital for many years. Her clerical job with Alaska Fish and Game was the job she enjoyed the most.

In her last difficult days, she was lovingly cared for by the staff at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

"They have this friend's warmest appreciation," her friend said.

"Ruth had an indomitable spirit that fortified her through some difficult times," her family said. "Late in her last evening, someone murmured to Ruth that it was ok for her to go home. Ruth answered: 'But who will get the mail?' That is to her family, friends and acquaintances a genuine Ruthism. She has gone home."

She is survived by her "little" sisters Gloria Case, Lavon Ingleby and Margie McEntire, all of Utah, and Patricia Heaney, of California.

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