Betty 'Ruth' Saviers

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Juneau resident Betty "Ruth" Posey Saviers died Dec. 29, 2002, in Portland, Ore., where she was receiving medical treatment.

Saviers was born April 11, 1934, in Hoonah. She graduated from high school in Juneau and attended Harding College in Arkansas. A lifelong Alaskan, she was employed by Occupational Safety and Health until retirement. She was married to Francis Saviers for 50 years, and enjoyed fishing, quilting, gardening and caring for her grandchildren. Two years ago, she realized a lifelong dream by publishing a novel.

She is preceded in death by her brothers Jack McKinnon and Aaron Simonson.

She is survived by her husband; her sons Richard (and Doris) Saviers of Juneau and Robert (and Shelly) Saviers of Juneau; her daughter Rosalie (and Mike) Nizich of Juneau; her stepdaughter Faith (and Larry) Saviers Ermey of Texas; her sisters Nancy Shelley and Myrtle Martinson; her brother, David (and Karen) Simonson; grandchildren Melissa (and Scott) Caswell, Nicole Saviers, Amanda Saviers, Nicholas Saviers, Justin Saviers, Thomas Saviers, Bryce Saviers, Reese Saviers, Cort Saviers, Chase Saviers, Tony (and Ginger) Nizich, Tanya Nizich, Phillip Hackenberg, Ken Longo and Christy (and Michael) McClure; great-granddaughter McKenzie McClure; nieces Betty Cox, Lazette Harnish, Sandra Goodrich and Michelle Marlow; and nephews John and Steve Shelley and Rusty, Scott and Tony Simonson.

Friends and family are invited to a service at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at the Juneau Christian Center, 8001 Glacier Highway. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the Bartlett Foundation at 3240 Hospital Drive in Juneau.

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