Ruth Idell Bedwell
Soldotna resident Ruth Idell Bedwell died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home
in Soldotna. She was 49.
A celebration of life and a potluck will be
held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at the VFW Lodge in Soldotna. Pastor Wayne
Ostrander will officiate. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean at the mouth
of Cook Inlet and in the Kamiah Valley in Idaho. A portion will be buried at the
family cemetery in Idaho.
Ms. Bedwell was born Feb. 23, 1954, in
Grangeville, Idaho, where she was raised and had attended high school until the
10th grade. She moved to Kenai in July of 1984, moved to Nikiski in 1985, living
there for two years and later moved to Sterling in 1987. She lived in Sterling
for 10 years and moved to Anchor Point for two years. In 1999, she moved to
Soldotna and resided there until her death. She had attended Kenai Peninsula
College in 1990 and 1991.
"Ruth never really worked; she volunteered most
of her life toward making people happy and making life better for others. She
loved to help people no matter who they were. Ruth was a person who had no
worries of her feelings, but she would go to any length to make others feel
special about themselves. When she said something, that was what she felt, she
always believed in herself. Her favorite hobby was playing pool. Her life-long
goal was making her biblical book. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and
she will be greatly missed," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her mother,
She is survived by her sons, Kelly Ray Sage of
Longview, Wash., Adam James Newcomb and Branden Heath Newcomb both of Soldotna;
daughter, Dayna Ray Idell Rideout of Kasilof; sisters, Raellen Bronzan and Kathy
Holland, both of Washington; brothers, Robert Sowders of Rowland Height, Calif.,
Stephen Bedwell of California, Lloyd Bedwell of Kamiah, Idaho, and Kim Bedwell
of Clarkston, Wash.; father, Robert Bedwell of Idaho; grandson, Simone Newcomb
of Soldotna; and granddaughter, Alayna Sage of Longview.
Memorial contributions may be sent to (name and
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial
Source: Peninsula Clarion, December 30, 2003