Ruth Lenore Dwyer

07/17/1926 - 03/21/2017

Ruth Nolet Dwyer, nee Welker

Ruth Nolet Dwyer, 90, loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt got her “ticket out” (to quote her) to eternal life on March 21, 2017.  She passed away quickly and peacefully due to congestive heart failure at the Heritage Village, Mesa AZ.

Ruth was graced with a wonderful sense of humor, loving kindness, and keen artistic talents. She always sought to bring beauty into her life and the lives of other.

She was born in Idaho Falls on July 17, 1926 to Effie Barkdull Welker and Nels Carson Welker. She married Paul L. Curtis in 1946 and together they had one son, Brent P. Curtis. Ruth married William E. Nolet (the love of her life) in 1962 who preceded her in death in 1979. Ruth remained a widow for many years but remarried late in life to James Dwyer in 2002, widowed in 2004.

As a young girl Ruth’s artistic flair was witnessed in a talent for the violin and this inner artist followed her throughout her life and was expressed in all her endeavors, from cooking, to sewing, painting and interior design. Ruth sought to create beauty throughout her life for others to enjoy.

Stylish, classy, and artistic, Ruth spent much of her adult life working as an interior designer. Her beautiful homes were canvases for her to express her innate artistic talents.

Ruth had a strong faith in the LDS Church, which was the bedrock of her life. She was very active in her faith and sought to good works wherever possible and made many close and dear friends along the way.

The last of six siblings, Ruth is now reunited with her family. She is survived by her son Brent, nieces Joellyn Machnics, Jeanne Towle, Diane Bohling, Janie Wells, Julie Hildebrandt and nephew Steve Davis, and many grand nieces and nephews, and grandchildren.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at Heritage Village and Premier Hospice Care. A very special thanks to Marie and Charlie Derouen, whose love, kindness and support brought comfort and joy to Ruth in her last two years of life.


  • Ruth sounds like a creative woman, full of life and love!

  • I am from her former ward, Eldorado Ward in Scottsdale. I only knew Ruth late in life, but she was a sweet, gentle soul. My condolences to family and friends.

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