Ruth Rasmussen Buchanan died peacefully at home on February 18, 2015 at the age of 68. She was born to Arthur Price and Alice Houston Rasmussen in Price, Utah on April 1, 1946. Because her birthday was on April Fool’s Day, she had a contagious sense of humor and brought joy to all her knew her.
Ruth grew up in Price. As Miss Carbon County in 1964, she had the honor of detonating the dynamite blast opening up the highway in Price Canyon for travelers going to Salt Lake City. She married Bruce Albert Buchanan of Helper, Utah, on July 1, 1967 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1977. They raised their six children in Las Cruces and Farmington, New Mexico. Recently she and Bruce made their home in Gilbert, Arizona.
Ruth was passionate about her family and helping others. She was always in motion: cooking, serving, loving, and laughing. While an amazing cook, (she was best known for her homemade baklava and ravioli) she preferred an open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwich over all the delicious meals she expertly prepared. Ruth had a deep love for and a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. Her last words written to her grandkids serving LDS missions were, “It is only through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior that we will ever have eternal life.”
She is survived by her husband Bruce, beautiful daughters Heather (Bradford) Pack and Kristi (Jeffrey) Cutler, handsome sons Ryan (Rachel) Buchanan, Bevan (Amanda) Buchanan, Spencer (Kari) Buchanan, Adam (Lisa) Buchanan, siblings Dorothy (Glen) Hackwell, Helen (Tom) Platis, Art (Lanice) Rasmussen, and 21 grandchildren who knew her as Mimi, Christopher, Elise, Bruce, Alice Ruth, Johnathan, Annie Kate, Caroline, Sally Jane, Luke, Elle, Jane, Kate, Liam, Asher, Kingston, Savannah, Moirah, Cozette, Ryan, Beckham, and Max. Her newest grandchild will be under her care until this summer.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the LDS Partridge Building, 4346 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, Arizona. A viewing will be held at the church on Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday prior to the services from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
She will be interred at the Cliffview Cemetery, 2100 East 800 North, Price, Utah on Monday, February 23 at 11 a.m.