Funeral services for Ruth Marie Radford will be held from the chapel at Ward's Klamath Funeral Home, 1945 Main St., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 4 p.m. with Duane "Dewey" Bodker officiating. Private family burial will be held at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens.
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Mrs. Radford, 84, died of natural causes at Marquis Care at Plum Ridge in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
She was born April 16, 1928, in Lenora, Kan., to Fred and Marie (Schuartz) Dietrich, who were wheat farmers in Lenora.
Ruth went to nurses training at Asbury Hospital in Salinas, Kan., which was a center for the battle against polio in Kansas. In 1949, she graduated with her degree in nursing.
In 1952, she married Duane Radford. They moved to Klamath Falls in 1952 to be near Duane's family - his mother Sophrona, his father James, his brother Don and his wife Jean, and his sisters Doris and Dorothy.
Ruth worked as a registered nurse at Klamath Valley Hospital and as a private duty nurse at Hillside Hospital. She also worked at the Klamath County Nursing Home, now Plum Ridge.
Ruth and Duane had one son Michael. At the time of Duane's death in 1980, they had been married for 27 years. They enjoyed camping and fishing at Union Creek. Ruth enjoyed sewing and she embroidered 50 state quilts and numerous other quilts and pillows. She was a member of Peace Memorial Church.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Helen and a grandson Kirk Radford.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Mike and Donna Radford of Klamath Falls; her grandchildren Shannon and Mark Carlson, Clint Radford and Annette Radford; and her great-grandchildren Travis and Norah Grace Radford.
Ward's Klamath Funeral Home, 541-882-4404, is in charge of the arrangements.
Ward's Klamath Funeral Home
1945 Main Street Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 11, 2012