Ruth Potter Miles, 88, passed away March 11 in Vale, surrounded by family.
Born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Aug. 1, 1926, Ruth was one of five daughters born to Glen and Josephine Potter. She married Junior R. Miles June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Homedale, Vale, Juntura, Burns and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer.
Ruth loved raising her children and was very involved with their activities. She gave generously of her time for the benefit of all children. She was a room mother at school, Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and 4-H Leader for 25 years. She loved her grandchildren and created many memories by spending time together with them.
She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her family and many others. She loved oil painting, crafts, dancing, family camping trips, and exploring new country.
Ruth will long be remembered for her kindness and sweet smile that made you instantly feel welcome and loved.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Junior Miles, of Vale; daughters, Jeanette and Al Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy and Bill Romans of Westfall, and Penny and Steve McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave and Debbie Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorene Bowman of Quincy, Wash., and Jolene Tillotson of Pocatello, Idaho.
She was preceded by an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; and daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; sisters, Kathleen Potter and Dorothy Potter of Lava Hot Springs; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.
A funeral service was held March 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale. Interment was at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, OR 97914.