Ruth A. Huard passed away peacefully in her home on April 27, 2021. She was born to Johanna and Herman Weinrich on February 4, 1922 in Manhattan, New York. She grew up in a loving family and was one of five children. She was predeceased by her older brother, August Weinrich (Etta) and younger sister Madeline Boselli (Bob). Still living are her younger siblings, Edward Weinrich (Kippy) and Catherine Kirby (Owen).
When she was twenty Ruth met the love of her life, Paul A. Huard Sr. They were married on May 25, 1942 until Paul’s passing in 1985. For 43 years they made a wonderful team and loving and supportive parents to Paul A. Huard Jr. (deceased in 2004) and Johanna H. Sandwith (Rob). She is survived by Johanna Sandwith, her grand children, Paul, Scott, Robbie and Amy and four great grandchildren, Phoebe Schutza, Isaac Sandwith, Hanna Sandwith and Conrad Sandwith. She loved them dearly and lit up when she was with them or visited with them on the phone.
Ruth put family first. Two of her goals were to be a good wife and mother which she accomplished with love and grace. She believed in Education and supported endeavors like Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, Science Camps, and Sports Camps and Summer Camps. She attended many school events for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and she did it with joy and pride.
Ruth traveled the world with excitement, always ready to learn about new cultures. She visited five of the seven continents. She enjoyed cruises, flying, and train trips. She made new friends and loved going with her dear friends and family members, too.
For the last 40 years, Ruth lived in Friday Harbor. She was a faithful member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Family. She thoroughly enjoyed her biweekly lunches with wonderful friends at the Mullis Center. Staying after lunch to play Mexican Train was another favorite activity of hers. Being a part of Red Hats was always fun for her. Ruth loved to go on short trips with her friends to attend plays, musicals, jazz festivals, shopping and more.
Ruth was truly blessed with many amazing friends who were there for her while she was ill. They came to visit, hold her hand, play music for her, pray with her and talk to her about special times together. She received phone calls, flowers and loving messages in cards. She was referred to as a “role model” and a “personal hero”. We want to thank you for all of your love and cheer.
We also want to thank Hospice Northwest for the compassionate care that Ruth received for nine months and we are grateful to her skilled and kind caregivers that helped her during her last weeks. Ruth was generous and giving to her family and friends. She remembered their birthdays and special occasions. She also gave regularly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and supported F.H. Food Bank and local fundraisers. Ruth lived 99 amazing years. She will be missed.