Ruth Bockius

December 19, 1925September 24, 2013

Bockius, Ruth B. Ruth B. Bockius, a devoted mother, compassionate nurse and respected educator, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 24) at age 87. Described lovingly as a spitfire for her intellectual curiosity and her sharp wit, Ruth had a lifelong commitment to others - her family, friends and coworkers. She was born in Reading, PA and moved to Arizona in 1958, fell in love with Phoenix and lived here for the rest of her life. Her license plate read LUV AZ. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in adult education at Arizona State University, culminating in her position as Director of Education at Maryvale Samaritan Hospital. Ruth's life was not all work and no play. She loved painting, dancing, music, theatre, reading and entertaining. She was a lifelong fancier of felines. A passion for travel took her repeatedly to her beloved Grand Canyon, Hawaii and San Francisco. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Thomas B. Bockius, and daughters Donna and Dawn. Visitation will be at West Resthaven Funeral Home at 6450 W. Northern Ave. on Friday (Sept. 27) from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Maryland Ave. on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 1 p.m.


  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Nancy Thilges

October 1, 2013

Dear Family
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a sincere educator and has left a treasured legacy. I wish you peace.
Nancy Thilges

Barbara Brown

September 28, 2013

Dear Dawn,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know you were so very devoted to her. My condolences to you and your family.

Bonnie Ewald

September 27, 2013

I have nothing but the fondest memories of Ruth. She was truly a gift in my life when I needed a friend.

I am saddened for your loss. All the best to her whole family.

September 27, 2013

Dear Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort during this difficult time. John 28, 29

Kelly & Mike Moffitt

September 27, 2013

We are thinking of you and sending love and prayers.

Marti Timmerman

September 27, 2013

Donna, Doug, Dawn and Tom,
Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Cherish your memories! We will be holding you close in our hearts.
Love and prayers,
Marti and Terry Timmerman