Early Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012, Ruth Barry, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones.
Ruth Etta (Guy) Barry was the middle of nine children to Leland and Mildred Guy. She was born in Novinger, Mo. in 1951 and moved with her family to Washington when she was very young.
She received her nursing degree from the Intercollegiate Nursing Center in 1974 and later became a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse in 1997.
During her more than 30-year nursing career, she received numerous awards and honors and mentored countless careers and lives.
Ruth's Christian faith played a major role in her life. She passed on her love for Jesus to her children and grandchildren. It was reflected in her work, and all of her relationships. She could never give or do enough, and she faithfully prayed for others. Ruth shared her love for the Lord with friends, family, co-workers, patients, and all the people that crossed her path. She was truly a bright light in this world. She loved the beauty God created and liked to add more beauty in the flowers she planted and nurtured each year.
She is survived by her children, Kristy Ann Young, Kellen Douglas Barry and Kenton Edward Barry; her precious grandchildren, Brandon, Emily and Ray; and siblings, Karen Oord, Gary Guy, Sharon Emery, Edward Guy, Bob Guy, Letha Taunt and Patty Stewart.
She cherished spending time with her family and was a "Grand-Grand Champ" at numerous games, including Nertz, Trouble and Pinochle.
In Ruth's own words, "I was blessed when God gave me my three loving children. Each one of them brightened my life in a special way the day they were born...And, at a time in my life when I needed them so desperately, they were there every single moment...Our family will continue to grow and I pray that the strength of our family remains strong-strong with love, time spent together, and the sharing of many wonderful moments...thus the memories will continue."
Her family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Boyd and the staff at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, North Star Lodge and Memorial Hospice for their care and support.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Outlook Cemetery in Outlook.
Those wishing to sign Ruth's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.