Ruth “Ruthie” E. Kermen, age 78, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at her home in Mount Vernon on October 8, 2018, after a two year courageous battle with breast cancer. Ruth had such a strong and positive attitude throughout her cancer including when it had metastasized to her brain and she had surgery to remove the tumor.
She was born January 16, 1940 in rural Sheridan County, Kansas to Stella (Sterrett) and Murl Simon. She and her dad were born and raised on the same farm and in the same house. She was baptized on April 3, 1949 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Studley, KS.
Ruth attended school in the country before transferring to school in town and graduated in 1958 from Sheridan Community High School, Hoxie, KS. After graduation, she started bookkeeping school but then was called home to help with cooking and harvest. Ruth was always a hard worker and over the years her jobs included being a waitress and a flagger. Her most recent job was working as a slot hostess at the Skagit Casino in Bow, WA. She started the day they opened their doors and retired twenty years later to the day. She worked full time until the age of 75 and enjoyed her co-workers and meeting all the customers of which some she became good friends with.
Ruth’s greatest joy of all was spending time with family, her “little man” poodle named Prince and friends. She was a loving mom, grandma, nana, sister, aunt and known to all for her smile and kindness.
Ruth was a Seahawk and Mariner fan and enjoyed watching the games. She and her family made sure they all wore their “Seahawk” shirts during game days!
Ruth had a huge passion for sewing and quilting. She had an amazing talent for picking out just the right fabric pieces when making her quilts. When she first began quilting, she made a lighthouse quilt which went to Washington D.C. and hung at the Hyatt Hotel for the Pfaff Sewing Convention competition. Her quilt placed 2nd in her division and it was such an honor for her as she competed against others from around the world.
To many, Ruth will be remembered for her special embroidered angels that she made. She gave out thousands over the years to those that were ill, had a disability, going through a hard time, wanted to thank you for something you did for her or just because she wanted you to have one. It gave her joy to make someone’s day by giving them one of her angels. Now, she is our Angel in heaven and will forever be in our hearts and memories.
Ruth is survived by daughters, Tina (Ben) Clark, of Mount Vernon, WA and Kristy (Marty) Mamigonian, of Littleton, CO; son, Trace (Sue) Deibert, of Benton City, WA; brothers, Dwayne Simon, of Hoxie, KS and Lawrence (Katherine) Simon, of Morland, KS; step-brothers, Pat (Lois) Sumner of LaFeria, TX and Don (JoAnn) Sumner of Tifton, GA; grandchildren, Benny Clark Jr., Amanda (Jeffrey) Garland, Zach Mamigonian, Gabe Mamigonian (fiancé Rachael Trotter), Nick Mamigonian, Justin Deibert, Kayla (Albert) Philpott and Miranda Deibert; great-grandchildren, Jasmyne & Jordan Garland and Jacob Chasey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Murl Simon and Stella Simon Sumner; stepdad, Roy Sumner; infant son, Todd Deibert; brother, Freddie Simon.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jafari and the staff at the Mount Vernon Cancer Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave Ruth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth’s honor to: Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Fund, PO Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Northwest Ball Room at the Skagit Casino in Bow on Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 AM. Enter in the hotel lobby and follow the signs. A private Inurnment will be at the Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley. Please share your memories of Ruth and sign the online guest register.