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Ruth Selma Ernst Higley
1925 ~ 2013

Ruth Selma Ernst Higley left this mortal life on May 29, 2013. Ruth was born Dec. 3, 1925 in Salt Lake City to German immigrant parents. Her Mom, Marie Anna, died when Ruth was 6 years old. She was raised by her Dad, Anton Ernst in Salt Lake. She graduated from East High in 1943. She sang beautifully and won many awards for her beautiful voice. She taught herself how to play the piano, and continued playing for many years. She was employed by Auerbach's in Salt Lake.
She married Kenneth Higley in the Salt Lake City Temple on January 16, 1946.

They were later divorced. They had three children. Her beloved oldest daughter Susan died in a tragic car accident in Dec. 1982. Ruth was active in raising her family, and volunteering for many organizations. After her divorce, she worked for Provo School District and Zion's Bank. She retired from Zion's in 1987.

She loved her family. She was a wonderful cook, and had many family parties at her home. She had a great talent for painting ceramics. She also had a wonderful four legged companion named Tyler; he was her best friend and walking buddy for 18 years.

She enjoyed working in her garden, and loved flowers. She loved Arthur Lyman, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Christmas was one of her favorite holidays- she would always bring lots of presents for her kids and grandkids. She was fondly dubbed the "Garbage Sack Grandma," because that was the only way she could carry all of the presents. She also loved sharp clothes and cars. She was a very independent lady, and seldom asked for help from any one.

Her survivors include her daughter Jane Ivie of Springville and her son John Higley of Mesquite, NV, one granddaughter, seven grandsons, and thirteen great grandkids. She was loved by many people and will be very missed.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Stonehenge in American Fork, for all of their tender care of Ruth for the last few months.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Avenue and N Street, Salt Lake. She will be buried next to her Mother and Father.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.tributecenterutah.com