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Ruth Naylor, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home in Provo, Utah at the age of 86.
Ruth Ann Romney Naylor was born Sept 28, 1934 in Mona, Utah on the same kitchen table her mother was born on to Zelma and Golden Romney. She was the second of three children and brought much joy to her parents. She lived in Mona for just few days, after which her family moved to Oswego, New York where Ruth spent her time through her sophomore year of High School. When she was 15, her family moved to Pullman, Washington. Her dad had accepted a position at Washington State University. Following her graduation from high school in 1952, her dad encouraged her to try BYU for a quarter. She agreed and came to BYU thinking she would go back home, but she came and stayed, and essentially never left.
Ruth met Jay Naylor in their freshman history class and was instantly smitten. They dated until he left on a mission. After his two-year mission, they married in the Los Angeles, California temple.
Jay continued his education at BYU and Ruth graduated in 1956 with a degree in Elementary Education. Ruth taught 3rd and 4th grade combined at Wasatch Elementary in Provo.
Ruth stopped her teaching career when she had her first baby, Judy. While at BYU, they were assigned to be head residents at Tingey Hall for 2 years, where Ruth cared for 72 girls in the dorm. Following Jay’s graduation with a Masters degree, they moved to the Vance apartments in Provo, where their second child Mike was born. After Jay’s graduation, they moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where Jay was employed as director of the youth center for 1 year. In 1961, Jay was called back to BYU where he was on the faculty for the rest of his career. They moved back to Provo and purchased a home in Edgemont and had another son, David, and two more daughters, Wendy and Barbara. After Jay’s retirement, Ruth and Jay served 3 missions. First as Temple Square ushers, second in Palmyra, New York serving as site missionaries, and third as Palmyra temple missionaries.
Ruth loved quilting, skiing (both snow and water), baking, golfing, snow birding at the condo in St George, walking with friends, being with family and could warble whistle with the best of them!
Ruth and Jay were married for 63 wonderful years and are the parents of Judy Shaw (KC), Mike (Dana), David (Launa), Wendy Longson (Lionel) and Barbara Warren (Mike). Jay and Ruth are grandparents to 17 children, and Great Grandparents to 22(almost 23).
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Golden and Zelma Romney, her brother Doug Romney, and sister Janet (Stone).
The family wishes to thank Valeo Hospice for the special care they provided, especially Ellie Lopez and Missy Ford. Also, a special thank you to our sweet niece Cathy Martin for her wonderful care and love.
Ruth will be forever missed by those who knew and loved her. Heaven will be a better place with Ruth there.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Edgemont Tenth Ward Chapel, 345 East 4525 North, Provo, Utah where family and friends may attend a visitation from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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