Ruth Boyd, 92, died at her home in Portland, Ore. on Tuesday, July 6 2010. A graveside service will be held on Friday at the Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose, Ore., and a memorial service was previously held at St. Andrew Care Center in July.
Born Ruth Payne, she was raised in Algona. Her parents, Wilbur and Marie, raised four girls. Ruth was the third.
After high school, Ruth attended nurses training, first in Mason City and later in Sioux City. After completing her training, she applied to be a nurse in the U.S. Army, at the beginning of World War II, and was accepted to become an Air Evacuation Nurse. During training in California she met James and they were married in Algona in 1944, before they were sent to separate stations. Both were part of the Army Air Corps with Jim in England and Ruth in India.
As a lieutenant in the Army she was stationed in northeastern India where wounded service members were flown from Burma where combat operations were occurring between the Allied forces and the Japanese. Injured soldiers were delivered to her hospital in North Eastern India where Ruth provided care both in the hospital and as they were flown to larger hospitals in Western and Southern India in airplanes nicknamed Gooney Birds.
Following WWII she and Jim moved to Gardena, Calif. where she had two sons, William and Michael. In 1950 her husband re-entered the Army and the family was stationed throughout the United States. They lived in Washington State, Milwaukee and for a time while Jim was in Alaska, back in Algona. In 1957 the family moved to Landstuhl, Germany where Ruth and Jim adopted Irene (now known as Ahmia.) The family returned to the United States and lived in San Antonio, Texas until Jim retired in 1963, and settled in Cherokee.
In Cherokee, Ruth was active with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and worked part-time at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as developing many friendships. Jim retired form the Mental Health Institute in 1978 and they moved to St. Helens, Ore. In St. Helens, Ruth attended St. Frederic Catholic Church. In 1995 she move into Portland to be near her son, Bill. She was living at St. Andrews Care Center in Southeast Portland when she died.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and her parents, as well as her sisters, Alice and Eleanor.
She is survived by her sister Norma, her sons and daughter, seven grandchildren and seven great-grand children.
Instead of contributions memorial are encouraged to World Vision, of which she was a long time supporter.