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Ruthella "Ruthie" Sue Crim

September 10, 1934 ~ November 14, 2021 (age 87)


Ruthella Sue (Ruthie) Crim of Baker City, Oregon, passed away on November 14, 2021, at the age of 87, at Meadowbrook Place with her family at her side.  Ruthie embraced life whole-heartedly and, in return, was blessed with a life full of love, fun, family, and friends.

Ruthie and her twin sister, Rosie, were born on September 10, 1934, in Wenatchee, Washington.  The twins completed the family of Duke and Gladys Phelps and brother Jim.  She spent her early years on an apple orchard in Washington, then moved to a ranch outside of Baker in the 5th grade, where she nurtured an enduring love of animals.  In 1952 she graduated from Baker High School and won the crown of Baker County Rodeo Queen.

In 1954, Ruthie married her sweetheart Harvey (Bud) Crim on his return from the Navy, and the pair were soon blessed with three children: Debbie, Lou Ann, and Clay.  Ruthie found great happiness and meaning in all aspects of her life: with her family and home life, with her work as an accountant, at Granite where she spent time with her twin and best friend Rosie and where her hunting skill earned her the moniker of “Lady Buckskin,” and with the friends, she made everywhere along the way, including her fellow members of Soroptimist of Baker County and the Garden Club of Baker County.

The loved ones left behind include her husband, Harvey (Bud) Crim, daughter Lou Ann Charbonnier, son Clay Crim and his wife Theresa, and son-in-law Milo Goss and his wife, Toni.  Grandchildren include MJ Goss and his wife Becky, Tony Charbonnier, Kristin Charbonnier, Caleb Crim, Jacob Crim, and Lucas Crim.  Great-grandchildren include Miles Goss, Owen Goss, and Lily Goss.  

Preceding Ruthie in death includes her mother and father, daughter Debbie Goss, brother Jim Phelps and sister Rosie Pedracini.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.  




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