Ruth Eleanor (Johnson) Pellatz, 92, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Joan on Wednesday, May 24, 2018 with Joan by her side. She was born on a cold Friday, December 4, 1925 at the home of Dr. Lynch near Bill, Wyoming. Her parents Hazel (Scott) Johnson and Swan P. Johnson welcomed their first born child and took her home to live on the South bank of the mighty Cheyenne River northwest of Bill.
She was reared there and built lots of memories playing in the sand, riding horses with her parents, welcoming younger siblings, and being a country child. During summer cloudbursts she and some of her siblings would run ahead of the wall of water roaring down the channel.
Ruth was boarded out with the Oskins family for her first through third grades. They lived near a school and she lived with them from Sunday evening until Friday after school when her father arrived to take her home. She attended Dry Creek School through 10th grade and then boarded in Douglas for her Junior and Senior years. She graduated in May 1944.
Ruth married Lincoln D. Pellatz on July 30, 1944 and they immediately moved to Tonopah, Nevada where he finished Flight School. When he shipped off to war she returned by bus to Douglas to prepare for the birth of her first child, Steven.
Within five years the family was completed with the birth of another son, Robert and a daughter, Joan. Ruth and her family moved to Bill in 1950 when a ranch became available for purchase. They made one more move to western Wyoming where all three children attended high school and graduated without being boarded away. Immediately they sold that farm and returned to Bill.
She lived there until 1988 when she moved to Glenrock and became a small town lady. She kept her country roots deep as she spent many times assisting with ranch chores and other fun stuff with her daughter and family.
Ruth was active in her communities. She attended Sunday School, Church services and Bible Study at Douglas, Bill, Farson, and Glenrock. She chaperoned many school trips and 4-H activities for her children. Her favorite was the trips back to Douglas for State Fair because she would get to visit her mother then.
Ruth worked with her hands. She baked award winning angel food cakes, yummy homemade bread and pies galore.
She gardened, canned and preserved. She embroidered, knitted, crocheted and quilted. She delighted in reading books, card games, board games, computer solitaire, and puzzle books. Playing cards with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her joy. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, infant Daniel and John; sister, Elsie Miller; her son, Steven; and Lincoln.
She was survived by two sisters Frances Tschacher and Ida Mae Fowlkes. Also surviving are her son, Robert Pellatz and daughter, Joan Neumiller and her husband Wayne; her granddaughter Michelle Schilling and husband John Beckner; and her grandson Neal Neumiller. She was survived by her four great-grandchildren Joshua Schilling, Elle Neumiller, Dycen Neumiller and Grady Neumiller.
Private Services were held at the family plot in the Douglas Park Cemetery on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. A memorial service will be held later.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Glenrock Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1355, Glenrock, Wyoming 82637 in her name.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming was in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com