Soldotna resident Ruth Idell Bedwell died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home in Soldotna. She was 49.
A celebration of life and a potluck will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at the VFW Lodge in Soldotna. Pastor Wayne Ostrander will officiate. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean at the mouth of Cook Inlet and in the Kamiah Valley in Idaho. A portion will be buried at the family cemetery in Idaho.
Ms. Bedwell was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Grangeville, Idaho, where she was raised and had attended high school until the 10th grade. She moved to Kenai in July of 1984, moved to Nikiski in 1985, living there for two years and later moved to Sterling in 1987. She lived in Sterling for 10 years and moved to Anchor Point for two years. In 1999, she moved to Soldotna and resided there until her death. She had attended Kenai Peninsula College in 1990 and 1991.
"Ruth never really worked; she volunteered most of her life toward making people happy and making life better for others. She loved to help people no matter who they were. Ruth was a person who had no worries of her feelings, but she would go to any length to make others feel special about themselves. When she said something, that was what she felt, she always believed in herself. Her favorite hobby was playing pool. Her life-long goal was making her biblical book. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and she will be greatly missed," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Bedwell.
She is survived by her sons, Kelly Ray Sage of Longview, Wash., Adam James Newcomb and Branden Heath Newcomb both of Soldotna; daughter, Dayna Ray Idell Rideout of Kasilof; sisters, Raellen Bronzan and Kathy Holland, both of Washington; brothers, Robert Sowders of Rowland Height, Calif., Stephen Bedwell of California, Lloyd Bedwell of Kamiah, Idaho, and Kim Bedwell of Clarkston, Wash.; father, Robert Bedwell of Idaho; grandson, Simone Newcomb of Soldotna; and granddaughter, Alayna Sage of Longview.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Dayna Rideout, P.O. Box 812, Kasilof, AK 99610.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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