Ruth Elaine Taylor Kartchner


Ruth Elaine Taylor Kartchner died, 20 October 2015, after a fall at home. Born 20 March 1917 in Provo, Utah, eighth and last child of Arthur Nicholls and Maria Dixon Taylor. Married Fred D. Kartchner 8 June 1942; they had eight children: Linda, (Steven) Tyler, Kenneth, (Marianne Davis), Elaine, 4 months (died 1945), Ellen (Rand) Farrer, Richard (Katherine Andersen), David (Joyce Martell), Rosena (Alan) Heal, Mary Ann (Jan) Alley. Preceded in death by her husband (16 March 1980) and all her brothers and sister: Arthur, Lynn, Elton, Henry, Alice Nelson, Clarence, Kenneth. She was the grandmother of 37 and great-grandmother of 89.

“Ruthie” grew up on 5th West in Provo, amongst aunts and uncles, cousins and friends in the Provo 3rd Ward. The “gang” slid down the irrigation ditch in the summer, strapped on roller skates to enjoy Highway 89 when it was first paved, and enjoyed childhood freedom in a Provo that has passed into history. She spent summers at Wildwood in Provo Canyon in a cabin her parents had built and later with Fred in their own summer home, an anchor for the LDS branch primary and Relief Society.

She saw Fred through the last years of medical school at the University of Utah and joined him in Hawaii after VJ day with their first two children and Fred’s mother, Rosenea. In 1950 they made their home in the Provo 5th Ward where Ruth was the Primary President and mother of a growing family. In 1958 they built a home in Oak Hills where she remained until her death. Faithful and active throughout her life, Ruth was an indefatigable Guide Patrol leader in both the Provo 5th and Oak Hills wards, a Laurel leader, in 2014 participated in the Provo Freedom 5K Run/Walk, and in her 80’s was a Primary teacher. She gave compassionate service to any in need longer than anyone can remember. She walked 2 miles on foothill roads every weekday until just recently.

Her posterity and two generations of children in Oak Hills knew there would always be a smile, a hug, and an Oreo cookie at Grandma Kartchner’s. In 1991 she wrote her history, available online at It is appropriately titled, “With Peaceful Faith, Cheer Me on My Way.” We do . . . because of the incomparable example she set.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Oak Hills 6th Ward Chapel, 1960 North 1500 East, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Thursday, November 5, from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Friday from 9:30–10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at

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