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Ruth Gillespie Eckhart Hansen, 90, of New Plymouth and longtime resident of Payette, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007, at an Ontario assisted living home. At her request there will be no services held. Private family services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth.
Ruth was born July 14, 1917, at Joseph, the second daughter of Harvey Albert and Ida Mae Zimmerman Gillespie. The family moved to Twin Falls, Glendale, Ariz., Oklahoma and then to Colorado where she graduated from high school.
In 1936 she married Scott Eckhart; together they had four children. After Scott's death she married Clifford Hansen and they lived in Payette until his death in January of 2000.
She is survived by her four children, Bill Eckhart of Mesquite, Nev., Sylvia Gibbons of Middleton, Mike Eckhart of McCall and Ken Eckhart of Payette; one sister, Virginia Lucas of Raymore, Mo.; five grandsons and two granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; two step children - Glen Hansen of El Waco, Wash. and Lois Hansen of Pahrump, Nev.
Ruth was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; one sister and one brother.
Memorials may be made to the New Plymouth Congregational Church, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 17, 2007