Emma Ruth Montanye

June 13, 1921February 19, 2018

Emma (Ruth) Montanye entered into rest on February 19th 2018. Her two children Terry and Beverly were with her when she passed away. She was 96 years old but always young at heart.

Ruth was born on June 13 1921, in Hugo, Colorado. Her parents were Harry and Mabel Knight. Ruth was the last surviving sibling of five. She had a twin sister Marjorie, a sister Mildred and brothers Willard and Donald. Ruth’s husband Bob passed away on Christmas day 1994. She had four granddaughters, one step granddaughter and two step grandsons. She had thirteen great grandchildren.

She stayed busy all of her life with husband and family. She loved to travel; Bob and Ruth were Snowbirds for many years. Over the years Ruth was active with Terry’s Cub Scouts and Beverly’s Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls. She taught Sunday school and served on the PTA when her children attended Arlington grade school. She was a member of the Orchard Prairie Homemakers club and the Foothills Community Church. At church she served as a Deaconess and helped with Senior citizen Dinners. After Bob died she became an active member of the church’s widows group. She was a superintendent for 4H and FFA. Ruth worked at the fairgrounds at the Interstate Fair for twelve years, mostly in the youth building. She loved flowers and over the years took great pride in the awards she won for her flowers as well as her crochet and sewing work. Her main hobby was gardening and she loved working in her flower gardens. It gave her great peace and she saw it as God’s beauty on earth. She could name most any flower.

At the age of 81 Ruth began helping at the Orchard Prairie School. She volunteered in the kindergarten and first and second grades classes. She helped teach two of her great grandsons, Hunter and Jade. She assisted the kids with printing, reading, and also graded homework. When the teacher told the kids to “Be Quiet,” Ruth would say, “I want to hear a pin drop.”

In June of 2016, Ruth moved into Sullivan Park Assisted Living facility in Spokane Valley. She brought with her a positive attitude and sense of humor and soon made new friends with the residents and many of the staff. She loved to play Mexican Train, watch Gonzaga basketball, and Seahawk football. Ruth is survived by her son Terry (Connie), Beverly (Arnie), granddaughters Amy (Ken), Kelly (Troy), Amber, and Teresa (Jim). Step grandchildren Shelly (Eric), Greg (Beth), and Sam (Chrissy). Great grandchildren in no particular order of preference Desi, James, Hunter, Jade, Cooper James, Austin, Lars, Ashley, Karlyn, Brody, Madison, and Bryce.

Our family would like to thank the entire staff and residents of Sullivan Park for their genuine love and care for our Mom and our family. You have made this whole process so much easier. You’ll never know. We would like to thank Kindred Hospice for all you’ve done. You helped us so much. Also, Family Home Care. Thank You.

Services are scheduled at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA with a Visitation on Fri., Mar. 2, 2018 from 1 – 5 pm and the Funeral Service on Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 at 11:00 am with the graveside following at Orchard Prairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission or a charity of your choice.



  • Ruth Montanye Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018


  • Final Resting Place

Emma Ruth Montanye

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Les Saunders

February 26, 2018

We to miss Ruth our neighbor and friend! Her smile, wit and humor always made our day. Bigelow Gulch mourns. thank you Ruth for letting us on your Life! Brad & Les

kathy Cutler

February 25, 2018

Ruth was a blessing to all those who had the privilege of knowing her. She listened with her heart, and always had a cheerful attitude. Her patience with the kids at Orchard Prairie was appreciated, and those students were lucky to have her reading to them. She will be missed. Kathy Cutler


February 22, 2018

Ruth will be truly missed. One of the sweetest ladies ever with a quick wit, twinkle in her eye and the cutest giggle. We will miss you, Don and Michele LeFave