Ruth Beverly (Hayes) Braley was born in Red Lodge, Montana on January 17, 1932 to Charlie and Elizabeth (Lukus) Hayes.
She was the second of 5 children. Ruth passed away on January 10, 2020.
I moved to Billings, Montana at the beginning of sixth grade. I missed the mountains and the schools in Red Lodge. I also missed all the wonderful wild flowers, which Dad said we could pick to our hearts content. I loved waiting by the small bridge for Dad to come home from work. He always saved some of his sandwich for Betty and me. TO SHARE! I lived in many different homes and also in Luther, Montana, in a bull field. We had a well for water which Mom strained for grasshoppers.
Dad joined the Army and we moved to Billings to be close to our Aunt Helen and family. I graduated from Central Catholic High. My first job was babysitting and cleaning teachers’ houses. My first real job was for Ed Feldman at Standard Clothing on Minnesota Avenue. A REAL EDUCATION! Next was Bowen’s Men’s Store as the cashier.
After a divorce, I needed a job to support my son, Jim, so I went to work for Shell Oil in the Exploration Department. From there I worked for Mule Creek Oil as a receptionist for Mr. Fortin and Warren Hancock. This lasted 10 years. They sold part of the company to Cardinal Oil and I was their receptionist for 2 years. They were bought by Phillips Petroleum. I left to begin retail again—Vaughn Ragsdale in sportswear. They went out of business. I moved on to Hart Albin Company in lingerie for 10 years. They went out of business. Then I went to Herbergers Downtown in lingerie for 5 years. They closed the store. SO SAD! By that time it was time to retire.
Having had a wonderful, full life, I was ready to stay home and enjoy time with my kitty, Buddy and my son, Jim. Jim was given to me for 51 years. I lost him to congestive heart failure in 2006.
I am survived by my sister, Shirley Young of Seattle, Washington; my Brother, Roger Hayes of Seattle, Washington; my Sister-in-law, Connie Hayes of Billings and many special nieces and nephews. Cheryl Ikeda and Darlene Holmes are dear friends.
I am preceded in death by my parents, Charlie and Elizabeth; my son, Jim; my sister, Betty Keating and her husband, Joe Keating; and my brother, Bob and my sister-in-law, Diane. I will be so happy to be with my heavenly family, again.
Memorials may be made to BARK or to a charity of your choosing.
Daily Mass to be held in Ruth’s name at St. Patrick’s at a later date.