Ruth was born December 13, 1929 to Carl and Ellen (Hess) Myrstol in Big Timber, Montana. She was the fifth child of seven and the only girl. Her brothers called her “Dolly”. She was raised on the ranch by the Yellowstone and attended the Bridge County School which was a mile from her home with her brothers. She was the one that always carried all the lunch pails. After graduating the 8th grade she attended Sweet Grass County High School. While in high school, she met her future partner in life, Jack Peterson. They were married on Sept. 10, 1950 in Big Timber, Montana. They settled on the Boulder River raising sheep and cattle. They had two daughters, Irene and Linda. Jack and Ruth were married for 46 years until Jack‘s passing in 1996.
Ruth was a stay at home mom working on the ranch with Jack. When her youngest went to school, Ruth started working for Clem Stern, at the City Motel, until it was sold years later. She took care of her parents till their deaths. She worked as a cook for Four Winds Inn and the Senior Citizens Center. When her children were in 4-H, Ruth was a 4-H leader and a cook at 4-H camp up the Boulder. Ruth loved to visit with people, she could go anywhere and there would be someone there that she knew or was soon to know. She loved to go to garage sales and look for “treasurers”. She loved to dance and attended alot of the Sons of Norway dances with her special friend Albert Braughton. She was a member of the Kill Kare Klub, a member of the Ladies Aid, was an officer on the Lutheran Church Board and probably her favorite activity was being a docent, at the Crazy Mountain Museum for a number of years. She loved to drive up the Main Boulder, which brought back memories of taking sheep into the mountains and go through Yellowstone Park to see the animals.
For the last year and a half, she lived with her daughter Irene and her family, in Livingston, Montana. She loved coming to Big Timber every Saturday to get her hair and nails done at Janet’s, where she would get to visit with her nieces and nephews that came to see Aunt Ruthie.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, Carl and Ellen; her brothers, Donald, Ralph (Pinkie), Elmer, and David; her sisters-in-laws, Violet, Rosemary, Mary and Evelyn; her in-laws, Joe and Jessie Peterson, her brother-in-law, Ray Peterson.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Irene (Clyde) Bainter of Livingston, Montana and Linda (Lynn) Lohse of Glendive, Montana; her granddaughter Valerie (Lee) Bainter of Livingtson, Montana; 3 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Mariah and Ryan Gersack of Livingston, Montana; her brothers Harold Myrstol, Clyde Park, Montana and Jim (Judy) Myrstol of Buffalo, Wyoming, and sister-in-law Retha Myrstol of Livingston; her special friend Albert Braughton of Big Timber, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
We all will miss her dearly, but know when she met St. Peter at the pearly gates, she had a twinkle in her eye, a joke to tell and a little dance to do after she left him with a second piece of pie and a hot cup of coffee.
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