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Ruth Joan Wildrick

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Ruth Joan Wildrick

St. George - Ruth Joan Wildrick, 94, passed away February 5, 2019. She was born May 13, 1924 in Kewanee, Illinois to Estella Lena Richardson and Walter Beckam Stroud. She graduated from high school during WWII and went to work as a stenographer in the Pentagon. While visiting her brother who was a cadet at the United States Military Academy, she met her future husband, Richard Minter Wildrick. They were married in the Cadet Chapel at West Point the day after Richard graduated on June 4, 1946.

For the next thirty years, she dutifully and without complaint, followed him wherever the Army permitted her to do so. She lived with her family at different times, a total of ten years in Germany, two years in Belgium, and the remaining years in eight different states - many of them twice and some three times.

Ruth was a devote Christian and participated in the activities of the Army's many post chapels. She was also active in many of the Army Wives' Clubs.

Shortly after her husband's retirement in 1976, she and her husband joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in subsequent years she served a mission in St. George extracting names of the dead; Temple missions in Switzerland and Australia; as an assistant matron in the Washington D.C. Temple; and five years in the Denver Temple as an ordinance worker.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Craig Wildrick; daughter, Leslie Lenel; nine grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the SunRiver 1st Branch Chapel, 4461 South Country Club Drive, St. George, Utah. A visitation will be held prior to service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2019
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