Ruth Bastiansen was pretty quiet...until I got to know her. I used to clean for her up until about a year ago. I would see her in the common halls of where she lived, and she would never hesitate to greet me in her "Ruth" way. I would walk past the puzzle room at certain times and see her working the puzzle there on the table. I would lean in the doorway and say something funny and wave and she would wave back and smile and say something back to me. It was really nice to work in a place where you can depend on seeing really nice people like Ruth. I knew she came from a large family, and my prayers go out to all of them. Friends as well....
Ruth was the best mother-in-law a woman could ask for. Ruth was funny, sweet, loving and very kind to me. We had a great connection and she always told me that her first grandchild, my daughter Layla Marie (Marie after Ruth's middle name) was the best birthday gift she ever got.
I so appreciated her sense of humor when we used to stay up late, chat, drink tea or wine, as we watched Saturday Night Live, Soap, and Fernwood Tonight. We shared so much in our conversations and all through the years she was always sweet and cordial to me, and very chatty when we were alone together. People have told me Ruth didn't talk much, but she always talked to me when we were alone.There were so many times we giggled at the dinner table or in a restaurant from exchanging glances.
The last time I saw Ruth was at my daughter Layla's wedding and reception and we spent some time talking.
I loved Ruth as if she was my own mother, and will always remember her kindness and love for her granddaughter who shared her birthday.
So now I'm sure Ruth and Earl are together again. May they rest in the peace they deserve.
To Ruth's family: Please accept our deepest sympathy. We enjoyed having Ruth as part of our family for the past 13 years! The staff of Brightondale/Meadowood Shores and Lifesprk.
My deepest sympathy - I trust the Lord will comfort you and provide all that you need as you grieve the loss of this one you love. May the hope Jesus brings carry you through the days ahead and be a steady reminder of His presence and promises.
With heartfelt sympathies for your loss, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.