(Bessie) Ruth peacefully passed on July 8, 2022. Ruth was born on June 3, 1926 to Bessie and Raymond LeVitre. She was the eldest of three girls. Even though she lived through the Great Depression and WWII, she had a wonderful childhood in Provo, UT. In 1938 she was given free piano lessons in recognition of her amazing talent. This same year, Ruth was baptized into the LDS faith. These were her two sustaining strengths throughout her life.
Ruth married her love, Junius “W” Gibbons, April 19, 1946 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. They enjoyed 50 years together and had 8 children: Jan M’Lon (Harald) Ackermann; Athene LeVitre; Junius (Terri); Sharri (Mark) Haven; Twins Alen (Chris) and Alecia; Dale; Jeshelle (David) Koblinski.
For decades, Ruth played the piano/organ for her congregation and various Church groups. She performed in multiple trios. She thrilled her children with her beautiful music as they danced about the house. Ruth devoted endless hours to her church and the disabled; all while raising her family and assisting with her husband’s dental practice! She was always up for tending grandchildren, grabbing a bite, going to a movie or taking a trip. Together, Junius and Ruth served a mission to Alabama in 1995/96. After Junius’ passing in 1996, she volunteered weekly at the VA hospital in Phoenix until her eyesight precluded her from driving.
Ruth was a light to all who were blessed to know her. She is preceded in death by her daughter Jan, son-in-law Harald, husband Junius and both sisters. She is survived by her remaining 7 children; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and countless friends. A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 23, 2022: LDS Mesa Kimble East Stake. 4640 E Holmes Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206.