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1919 ~ 2017

On June 27, 2017 the world lost an exceptional woman: Ruth Stevens Crosland.

She was a treasure. Ruth was born July 7, 1919 in Holden, Utah; the oldest daughter of Cyrus Grant Stevens and Velma Hunter Stevens. At the age of 12 when her mother died, Ruth became the matriarch of her family, helping her father care for the younger children, cooking, sewing, cleaning and maintaining the household.

Ruth married Chester Crosland on August 28, 1939 in Fillmore, Utah. Ruth and Chester had 3 children: Pat Velma, Don Steven and Margene. The family lived in Holden, Utah until 1952 when they moved to Salt Lake City. Ruth and Chester opened their doors to family and friends, and shared their talents and skills to help others whenever they could.

Anything from pouring cement to making curtains, they happily gave a helping hand. Chester passed away in 1973. At the age of 55, Ruth had been a homemaker all of her life, but decided at that time to get a job. Her sewing talents were unsurpassed; she had always been an incredible seamstress. Ruth was always making something for someone. Ruth put her sewing skills to use and got a job in the alterations department at ZCMI. She loved working at ZCMI and stayed with them for over 26 years. In Ruth's nearly 98 years on this earth, Ruth traveled often with friends, visited her children and family, and enjoyed her life with gusto.

Ruth touched the lives and hearts of many people far and wide with her zest for life, her kindness, her intellect and her generosity. Ruth befriended people, young and old, and charmed us all with her knowledge, peaceful spirit and kind heart. Ruth will always be treasured by many, each with their own special reason to call her "friend".
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chester, her sister Eleithe, her brothers (Kent, Henry and Baby Edward), her son Don Steven and her great granddaughter, Stephanie Stahr. 

Her family will host a Memorial Celebration of Life with an open house at the Holiday City Municipal Center, 4580 S 2300 E., Holiday, Utah on August 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.

There will be a Memorial Service at the Holden Cemetery on August 14, 2017 at 12 noon. There will also be a Open House at the Mont and Caroline Crosland Residence, 130 N, 200 E., Holden after the services.