Ruth Ann Casebeer

Ruth Ann Casebeer

Ruth Ann Casebeer, 88, died Jan. 3 at her Prairie City home. A graveside service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. that day at the Heppner Elks Lodge, with a reception to follow.

A local service in Prairie City will be held in the coming months.

Mrs. Casebeer was born April 2, 1924, at Hanover, Ind., the older of two daughters born to Frank and Laura James Bovard. She was raised in Hanover, and attended various schools there, where she graduated from high school.

After high school, she attended the University of Indiana where she entered the nursing program. After receiving her registered nurse license, she joined the U.S. Navy. She worked in the Navy Nurse Corps during the Korean conflict.

Since she enjoyed traveling, she and a nurse friend decided to move west. They stopped at various spots where they worked at hospitals for a while, eventually moving farther west, until finally arriving in Heppner. It was there she met Marvin Casebeer, who she married on July 1, 1958.

They lived in Heppner for a number of years before moving to Prairie City.

She was a passionate quilter, blessing family and friends with her beautiful quilts and wall hangings. She was also an avid reader, and loved gardening, growing numerous flower gardens around her home. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband.

She was a member of the Prairie City Senior Center, Red Hat Society and met monthly at a luncheon with retired nursing friends.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Marvin; daughter, Kathy (David) Thompson of Bonanza; granddaughter, Lori (Mike) Crowley of Klamath Falls; grandson, Mathew (Rebecca) Ledbetter of El Mirage, Ariz.; great-grandchildren, Kala, Shane, Skylar and Harley, and Miranda, Christian, Adam, Michael and MacKenzie; nephews, Roger (Kathleen) Knight and Lee (Geneva) Knight, and their families.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Knight.

Memorial contributions may be made to one’s local hospice agency.

Arrangements are under the care of Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner, 320 Matlock St., Heppner, OR 97836.

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