Ruth Ann Simar Rhoda
Oct. 1944 – Jan. 2021
Ruth Ann Simar Rhoda was born on October 14, 1944, in Modesto, California to Albert and Edna Deering. She went to Heaven on January 11, 2021.
Her three children, Leland Simar (Christy), LaVonne Boler, and Michelle Howell were her greatest joy. She was determined they would receive an education and proud when each one reached their educational goals. She was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren: Cody and Vienna Simar (Forest, Augustine, Lucas and one on the way), and John Simar; Brad and Katie Boler (Braxton and Opal), Brian and Rachel Boler (Ivy and Gwen), Kelly and Jason Love (Ryan and one on the way); Ellen Howell and Kevin Howell.
Ruth often worked two jobs to provide a home for her children and help others in need. She worked in food processing and ran her own businesses, which included hay hauling, trucking and childcare. Her family always came first. She loved to cook and fed anyone who came to her home. She made excellent tacos and salsa and insisted on margaritas at family gatherings.
Each morning she woke ready to do her chores. If she did not answer the phone, she was either mowing the lawn, working in the garden, hanging laundry on the clothesline or mopping floors.
She and her sister Nancy made countless trips to Nevada to play slot machines. Whatever they won or lost they split between them; they called this being partners. She and her baby sister Janice (Jay) Garcia frequently spent mornings drinking coffee while talking on the phone. Whenever they could, they looked for yard sales and shopped at thrift stores together.
If anyone fell on hard times, she was there to assist any way she could. She loved and cared for her nieces, nephews and cousins. They loved her deeply and endearingly called her Aunt Ruthie. Her door was always open to others.
Ruth’s walking buddy and everyday companion was her little (fat) Chihuahua, Luke. Her granddaughter Ellen happily adopted Luke.
Her favorite hobby was growing vegetables, flowers, plants and trees. She believed in being thrifty, buying in bulk and not being wasteful. She canned food and made jams. If she could get something on sale, it just made her day.
She often FaceTimed with LaVonne as she walked through her garden talking about the growth of each vegetable and flower. She liked to help others learn plant names and share plant clippings.
She treasured her many trips to the coast with Leland and Christy. Eating a fresh shrimp cocktail and bringing home crab and sour dough bread from San Francisco were some of her favorite things. She had an unforgettable trip to Kauai with Michelle and her family and cherished their time together, especially deep-sea fishing. She and LaVonne had a memorable time visiting Seattle together.
Through the years, Ruth found companionship and support from her Simar family. She was happy to join them when invited for a holiday, birthday party or potluck. She had a special bond with her sisters-in-law. There are many stories about their antics over the years usually involving a great deal of shenanigans and laughter.
In 2018, Ruth sold her home and moved to Bethel Retirement Center where she had more leisure time. She and Leland enjoyed planting a garden and swimming in the pool. With Michelle’s help, she won first place in Bethel’s First Annual Chili Cook-Off. When it came to dancing, look out! She could “cut a rug” and everyone at Bethel enjoyed watching her and joining in. She also enjoyed shopping and having lunch with Michelle.
During her younger years she enjoyed boating, water skiing, and camping with her family and friends. She was delighted to teach people of all ages how to build a fire, water ski and swim.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis Simar, sister Nancy Ormsby, and brother Ted Deering.