Ruth Cooper Lamb was peacefully released from this life on January 27, 2014. She was born July 8, 1920 to Jesse Francis Cooper and Cornelia Whipple Cooper in Gooding, Idaho. Times were hard. Jobs were scarce. Living conditions were difficult. Her father moved his family to Salt Lake City, Moapa Valley Nevada, Gilbert, Arizona then back to Nevada in search of employment to support his wife and five daughters. Growing up during the Depression years taught her to work hard, waste nothing, make do with only the necessities and to manage her money so carefully. These were traits that served her well throughout her life.
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Upon graduation from high school graduation she left Nevada to attend school at Dixie College. She worked very hard to pay for her education. It was here that she met the love of her life, LaMoin Clark Lamb. These were war years, the first of long separations in their relationship. Ruth finished her education at Dixie then went to BYU to complete the requirements to become a teacher. With a position in Tooele she began her teaching career - at $60 per month. Marriage was finally possible upon LaMoin's graduation from the United States Naval Academy, prior to his departure for his service in China.
Following his return at the end of World War II they had only five years together before LaMoin's life was taken in a tragic automobile accident. Ruth was left with two daughters to raise. She would spend the rest of her life devoted to her beloved husband, working valiantly to provide for her daughters in the ways she thought he would have wanted. Ruth was an excellent first grade teacher for 33 years, blessing the lives of hundreds of students and providing income for her family. The home LaMoin had built for his family became her refuge of peace and comfort. For more than 60 years she worked tirelessly to make it a beautiful haven of flowers and gardens which brought joy to her as well as to neighbors and passersby. When the time came that she could no longer live alone, having to leave Cedar City to go live with her daughter's family was very difficult but Logan did become a second home to her. The opportunity to be with her children and dear grandchildren brought sweet experiences for her and provided many treasured memories for her posterity. But Cedar City was truly where her heart was. Those eagerly anticipated return trips to the home she loved and those friends and neighbors who meant so much to her brought joy and peace to her life.
Ruth Cooper Lamb lived her life with remarkable independence, grace and dignity. She was an elect lady whose strong testimony of our Lord and Savior sustained her through numerous trials and challenges during her 93 1/2 years. She served her ward and stake in many positions. She was always a faithful visiting teacher. She served as an officiator in the St. George Temple and worked many years in the Name Extraction Program. She truly honored her Bible name of Ruth.
Survivors include her two daughters, Janice McAllister (Byron) and Ilene Snow. She was a beloved grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Only one sister, Afton Ballard, survives from their family of five Cooper daughters.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 3 at 11:00 am in the Cedar 4th Ward, 400 N. 500 W in Cedar City, Utah. A viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West in Cedar City and prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Church. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2014