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Hibpshman, Ethelyn Ruth - Kenai  
Ethelyn Ruth Hibpshman "Ruth," 87, went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 from complications of an aortic dissection. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12.) And now she fully knows. Services will be held at Kenai Bible Church, 600 Main Street, Kenai, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Wonser will officiate. Reception immediately following. Ruth was born May 16, 1928 in Pueblo, Colorado to George and Blanche Miller. She was the youngest of six children. Ruth accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 8 and tried to live her life according to scripture. Ruth married Earl Hibpshman at 16 and together they had seven children. Ruth survived the death of two children, William in Vietnam and Susan as an infant. As she raised her children, she ran a daycare in her home in Anchorage and loved and cared for many children through the years. She was involved in her local church as a Deaconess and taught many classes through the years for women. Ruth had a gift for teaching and enjoyed studying the scriptures to prepare for her lessons. Ruth was also a cancer survivor from four different types of cancer. Ruth cared for her husband for many years as he suffered from dementia. She was an amazing woman in the loads she could carry and she attributed this to the fact that the Lord carried her through it all. Ruth volunteered at the Forget Me Nots in Kenai for many years and then in her later life, enjoyed the program as a client. It was very important to her as she found friends and love there. Ruth was loved by her family. She was loving, forgiving, and accepted everyone. She reached out to those she loved. She started "Cookie Day" many years ago as a way to enjoy her grandchildren and make memories with them. She prayed for them, called them, enjoyed them and stayed involved in their lives. She was an example of a Godly woman. She amazed everyone when at the age of 86 she took up wood carving and her first piece was beautiful. Ruth had a sense of humor that those around her enjoyed very much. She handled a lot of difficult things by keeping her sense of humor. Even as her health failed and the end was near, she laughed and kept that precious sense of humor. She is survived by her daughters, Cheri Hibpshman and husband, Johnny Johnson, Mary Goodman and husband, Jack; sons, Bob Hibpshman and wife, Jody, Thomas G. Hibpshman and wife, Rebecca, and Jim Hibpshman and wife, Lorraine; grandchildren, Jonathan Goodman, Katherine Seabright, Bill Hibpshman, Wendy Potton, Rachael Johnston, Bethany Bigelow, Terah Wold, Micah Hibpshman, Cheryl Blades, Michael Hibpshman, Justin Hibpshman, Thomas M. Hibpshman, Matthew Hibpshman, Ruthie Benson-Hibpshman; numerous great grandchildren and one great-great.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 26, 2015
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