Ruth Jean Stephens
1928 - 2020
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Ruth Jean Stephens
1928 - 2020
Salt Lake City, UT-Ruth Jean Snow Sudbury Stephens lived an astonishing life to the age of 92. She passed away peacefully on Saturday May 2nd, 2020 due to COVID-19.
Ruth Jean was born on April 21, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ruth Davis (Kelly) and Erastus Pymm Snow.
As a great granddaughter of pioneer Erastus Snow, Ruth Jean grew up in the Capitol Hill area of Salt Lake City, spending untold hours with her beloved grandmother Ann Pymm Snow, who lived at the Hotel Utah. Her family was associated with the Salt Lake Garfield and Western Railway, Portland Cement and Saltair Resort, where she spent time dancing to the bands. She attended Wasatch Elementary, Bryant Jr. High, and graduated as a student council leader from East High school in 1945.
As a young socialite she met Ray Keith Sudbury, and they were married in December of 1948 on Keith's 21st birthday. She attended the University of Utah and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Ruth Jean was a woman of glamour and great beauty. She modeled for Auerbach's and Z.C.M.I department stores and appeared in the movie "Bad Bascom."
Ruth Jean and Keith were owners of Sudbury Food Town and the Salt Lake Athletic Club. Jean was devoted to Keith until his death in 1990. Ruth Jean married James (Jim) Stephens in 1992. They enjoyed much time together with Jim's extended family and as snowbirds in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Ruth Jean was affiliated with the Willow Creek, Desert Island, Town, and Salt Lake Country Clubs. She was a member of the Junior League and a fervent supporter of Football Little League. She had many friends and was an amazing hostess.
Every summer of her life Jean cherished spending time in the Uinta Mountains, where she liked to fly fish and entertain at her cabin. She will remain a legacy within the Holiday Park Association.
Ruth Jean also found painting, swimming and cooking pleasurable and she was always up for a football bet.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; her brothers, Ashby (Gail) and William Snow (Louise), and her sister Peggy Firth (Rex).
She is survived by her daughters Sydney Lee (Dale), Shauna Sudbury, sons Raymond Sudbury (Cathy) and Randall Sudbury (Heather). Also surviving are her grandchildren Sara, Christopher, Randy Earl, Megan, Madeline, Carlton James, Corrie, William, Ryan, and Ashby. She also has six great grandchildren.
A private family grave site service will be held with a celebration of her life to be announced at a later date.
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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from May 5 to May 10, 2020.
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June 22, 2020
Sid,Shawna, Ray, Randy, please know his sorry ww are for the loss of your mother. Know how much I thought of her and issues she had in her final years. Please know how much fun I had with her and aunt Peggy on our trip to Reno.l! It was Crazy - Crazy. Love it all of you and our deep condolences. Please take care!
Your cousin!!
Denise and Larry Brennan
Denise Brennan
May 30, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
May 11, 2020
I can vividly remember taking my two oldest daughters when they were little to the rock cabin in Holiday Park and seeing the confusion on their faces when they saw Aunt Jean. They wondered if Aunt Jean was Grandma Peggy. Truly an end to an era. Sorry for your loss.
Cort Firth
May 7, 2020
Sid, Shauna, Ray and Randy...
Your mother was wonderful! She was as beautiful inside as she was outside. She was one classy lady and, best of all, she knew it. I had the pleasure of going to Holiday Park with her and your wonderful father (whose laugh brought sunlight into our hearts) to be their babysitter when Sidney Jean was just a toddler. She didn't even get cross with me when I floated Sid down the Weber River...without a life jacket or inner tube! All of us Firths love you all, and wish we could ease your missing her...we surely do. If you want copies of the photos I have of her and your father, just let me know. 801-580-5281.
Your cousin, Terry Firth Wallin.
May 7, 2020
Randy I would like to express my condolences on the loss of your mother she was one of a kind. May you and your family find peace and comfort at this time
May 5, 2020
I enjoyed 22 years of laughter, fun and surprises with Jean as my stepmother.Smart and quick, nothing got past her.She loved being around people and had a sharp memory for names and places. Bless you , Jean, and your family.

Terry Stephens
Terry Stephens
May 5, 2020

She and i were kids together at Holiday Park and wonderful friends for all the days of her life. My love to all of her family with rich memories of this outstanding lady.
Clayton Williams
May 5, 2020
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May 5, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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