Death of longtime resident serves as reminder of how fleeting life is

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

I was heartbroken to read that Ruthie Bedwell had passed away in her home on Dec. 17. Ruthie touched my life and I know the life of many others as well. Ruthie suffered greatly from an illness which made her life, and I'm sure the life of her family, very, very difficult. Despite her illness, every time I was around her, she was kind, generous, funny and loving.

One time we went to Sal's for lunch and she took it upon herself to refill the coffee cups of a nearby table full of elderly gentlemen because the waitress was busy.

The last time I saw Ruthie was early spring. I had my husband, Rick, stop at her apartment in Soldotna after church so I could check on her. She looked tired, but seemed OK. I told her we would go to lunch again soon, that I would call her. I never did.

This is something I will regret for the rest of my life. Things just seemed to get busier and busier. I started a new job, my second daughter got married, etc. Still, you always have time for the things you put first. I wish I would have taken time.

I hope this has taught me to slow down. Winter and the holidays can be a hard time for some people. If there is anyone on your mind that you know might need a visit, phone call or even some time out for lunch please don't put it off, you may not get another chance.

Goodbye, Ruthie. Rest peacefully. I know you are with Jesus in that Kingdom you so yearned for and talked about so often. We love you and always will.

Sheryl Main, Revelation 22, Kenai

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