Ruth Donna Monson Johnson, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on April 25, 2022 at the age of 91 1/2. She was born on October 25, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Charles Horald and Ortencia (Tennie) Hendricks Merrill Monson. She was the third child of four children. Ruth attended Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High, and East High School where she graduated in 1947 at the age of 16.
Ruth was a gifted and talented violinist. She played in a musical violin trio for many years. She attended the University of Utah after high school graduation. While attending the U of U she met Douglas Johnson. They were married August 25, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1951 Doug and Ruth moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where Doug was stationed with the U.S. Army. In 1954 they moved back to Utah. They lived in Orem for 19 years before moving to American Fork.
After their first five children were born, Ruth chose to go back to college. She attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations. Ruth has continued to be a lifelong learner, with an innate passion for reading.
Ruth has served in church and community positions. She has been a counselor in Relief Society as well as spending countless hours with primary age children. Her favorite calling was working with the 11
year old boys for 9 years. Ruth served as P.T.A President at Sharon Elementary, in Orem, as well as holding other P.T.A positions. She also served as P.T.A Counsel President in American Fork. She was a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) holding the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary throughout her years of service. She and Doug served as ordinance workers in the Mount Timpanogos temple for 8 years. Ruth was a substitute teacher for 27 years. She also worked at Sears in Provo for 12 years.
Traveling was a passion for Ruth and she has visited the countries of Iceland, England, Japan, the Caribbean, Panama, Israel, Germany, France, Belgium, and Egypt. Seeing the Panama Canal was her favorite place to travel. She was always the first one in the car when it was time to go anywhere.
Making beautiful, handmade gifts was an important attribute that Ruth had. She is well known for her beautiful embroidery and handwork. She has made countless tablecloths, latch hook rugs, pillowcases, dresser scarves, and dishtowels for her children and grandchildren. She has also embroidered sets of quilt blocks for her granddaughters that have become beautiful, award-winning quilts.
Ruth is survived by her children: Karen (Mark) Tuttle, Lynette (Les) Lovell, David (Karen) Johnson, Boyd (Jina) Johnson, Mark (Evie) Johnson, Gordon (Shauna) Johnson, Greg (Jana) Johnson, 26 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Douglas, her parents, and her siblings, Tennie, Charles Jr and Earl.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 2, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the American Fork 37th Ward, 1100 East 400 North. A viewing will be held that morning from 10:00 - 11:45 am at the church prior to the services. Burial in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Please share a memory or condolence at andersonmortuary.com
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