• Date Of Birth: May 15, 1929
  • Date Of Death: February 4, 2015
  • State: Montana

Doris was born May 15, 1929 in Wamego, Kansas. Her family moved to Great Falls in her senior year and she graduated from Great Falls High in 1947. In 1949 she met George Ruff and they were married just a few months later on October 1st. They shared 64 years before his passing on March 1, 2014. Doris raised their family before returning to working fulltime. She then spent 18 years with National Laundry, and went on to work at K-Mart for five years before retiring.

Doris loved canning fresh fruits and vegetables for her family. After working all day she would be in the kitchen canning, often till after midnight. She enjoyed teaching this hobby to her daughters. She also loved to crochet doilies and doll clothes, and enjoyed fishing and camping at Holter Lake and Lincoln.

Survivors include daughters, Beverly (Jerry) Pothe, Kathy (Jerry) Mann, all of Great Falls; sons, Robert (Suzanne) Ruff of Lincoln and John (Wendy) Ruff of Great Falls; grandchildren, Geri (Pat) Darko of Sand Coulee and John Mann of Great Falls; great-grandchildren, Kaci and Karson Darko of Sand Coulee; special friends, Doreen Lama and Bob Evans of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert A and Hazel I Ervin, and a sister, Dorothy Francetich.

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