Ruth Winn Pitcher, 96, returned home to her Father in Heaven June 16, 2021. She was born to George Thomas Winn and Jennie Antonette Nielsen on August 28, 1924. She attended North Cache High School, where she participated in the Pep Club, Drama club, and Debate club. Her senior year she was on the staff of the Norcachian, the school newspaper. Ruth married Robert James Pitcher on April 20, 1946. They were later sealed in the Ogden Temple.
She grew up on a farm doing the same work as most men. She taught all of her children to work hard. She was very organized and had a great business mind. Numbers and accounting came easy to her. Throughout her life she worked at the Del Monte Canning plant, the Smithfield Drug Store, the Royal Bakery in Logan, Mendenhall Auto parts, American Food store in Logan and Smithfield, Dr. D.E. Evans-dentist, State Farm Insurance, American Fork Hospital, and LaBelle’s.
Mom was a true homemaker, she made home a wonderful place to be. Her house was full of teenagers every weekend. Mom was a great cook. Everyone loved to sit at her table, especially for Thanksgiving, General Conference, Christmas, and for pinochle games. Her embroidery and handwork were beautiful. She made a cross-stich quilt for each one of her 18 grandchildren. She loved gardening and flowers.
Mom also taught her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren the true meaning of love and service. Love, through being their biggest cheerleader. She traveled thousands of miles to support them in their various activities. She loved watching their soccer, horse shows, gymnastics, musical concerts, and other events. Service was her middle name. The service she gave to her grandsons in writing a hand-written letter to them every week of their mission was a blessing to each of them. At one point, she was writing three letters a week when Mike, Beau and J.D. were all serving at the same time. She also shared her love and talent through her service to the community, in helping to get Sky View High built, and church callings including Primary, Blazer scouts, Sunday School, and Young Women. Mom, we will remember your saying every time we left your home, “Be good, be safe, be happy.” Thanks for all you did for us, we will miss you terribly.
She is survived by her sons Lee (Judy) Pitcher, Ted (Madilyn) Pitcher, Tom (Jill) Pitcher and daughters Polly (Mark) Bailey and Nancy (Carl) Christensen, 18 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren, a sister Evelyn Rudman. She is preceded in death by her husband, a treasured grandson, Bobby Pitcher, her parents, and sisters Mozelle Merkley and Donna Adams.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Smithfield Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. We want to express our thanks to Tender Care Hospice, especially Laura and Melinda, and the staff at Sunridge Assisted living.