Ruth Rawlins

Ruth Esplin Rawlins, 104, of Idaho Falls died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Lincoln Court Retirement Facility. She missed her 105th birthday by just 22 days. She was under the care of OneSource Hospice.

She was born Aug. 11, 1908, in a log cabin home between Shelley and Basalt, to Marion Esplin and Cleminta Church Esplin.

On June 9, 1932, she married John Weeding Rawlins in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Together they had two children. She worked along with John on their farm and with their herd of dairy cattle until moving to Idaho Falls in 1957. She and her husband resided in Goshen, Osgood and Idaho Falls. John passed away June 27, 1992.

She received her early education in Shelley and graduated in 1928. Ruth attended Ricks College, earning a standard teaching certificate, and later Brigham Young University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1960. She taught school in the Shelley School District for 20 years, retiring in 1973.

For the last 18 years, she has resided at Lincoln Court Retirement Facility. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in teaching and leadership positions earlier in her life. Ruth served a mission with her husband at the Idaho Falls Family History Center. She filled her later years with art, sewing and needlework projects. Ruth had a great love for her family and the church.

She is survived by her son, John Kay (Barbara) of Idaho Falls; six grandchildren, Laurie, Richard, David, Carrie, Nathan and Mark; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John; a daughter, Carlene; her parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

The family expresses appreciation to the personnel at Lincoln Court and OneSource Hospice.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at the Idaho Falls LDS Stake Center, 1155 First St., with her grandson, Bishop Nathan Rawlins of Beaverton, Ore., officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home
273 North Ridge Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-2751

Published in Post Register on July 24, 2013