NameMary Ann Ruther 17,146
Birth27 May 1923, Beaver, IA
Census1930, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska142 Age: 6
Residence1970, Tuscon, AZ146 Age: 46
Reside MemoThe reasons mom moved us from Butte, she wasn't "from" there, and that means a lot in Butte, she was 44 and very attractive - hit on by several of dad's married friends, their friends were his friends, not hers.
Death7 Feb 2008, Tucson, Pima, Arizona99 Age: 84
FatherJohn Nicholas Ruther (1892-1973)
MotherHellen Veronica Farrell (1895-1970)
Spouses
Birth27 Feb 1925, Butte, MT147
Death5 Jun 1967, Butte, Silver Bow, Montana146 Age: 42
Death MemoBrain tumor
BurialButte, Silver Bow, Montana99
OccupationMD, General Practioner
Cause of deathGlioblastoma (brain cancer)146
EducationMedical Doctor, Creighton University Medical School in 1953146
Marriage27 Dec 1952
Notes for Mary Ann Ruther
received letter from Katherine Farrell (County Cork) in March 1998148
Notes for Mary Ann Ruther
The reasons mom moved us from Butte, she wasn't "from" there, and that means a lot in Butte, she was 44 and very attractive - hit on by several of dad's married friends, their friends were his friends, not hers.  She had made several of her own friends through competitive tennis.  The Anaconda Company was shutting down operations in Butte and moving to Tucson, the husband of one of her friends was transferred and mom visited them in Tucson in 1968 and 1969,  All of a sudden, she bought land, built a house and moved us to Tucson (1970).  Moe, Pat and I were not happy.  We had a tough transition to "city" life.  But it was the best decision she ever made.
Notes for William Edward (Spouse 1)
He was a general practioner GP (family practice now). Maureen (Moe) and Pat were born in Portland. After his residency they moved to Butte for the summer so my dad could work for his dad and uncles (summer vacation work).  Dad always promised my mom they would never live in Butte.  They never left.  I was born in Butte while they still lived with my grandparents.  Dad was an outdoorsman.  Grew up hunting and fishing, didn't like to leave Montana much and also felt he couldn't be too far from his practice.  He practiced with his father and uncles for awhile but he had a hard time accepting their "old fashioned" medical ideas.  He picked up a lot of odd jobs in medicine so he could pay the bills.  

He was the county doctor and also the doctor for the Union Pacific RR.  The RR job got us free passes in coach mom and all of us road the train every summer to Omaha.  A two day affair with a train change in Ogden, Utah.  I have very fond memories of riding the train...it was the end of an era in the sixties.  Dad never went to Omaha with us (maybe once but didn't stay the whole time).  
Medical notes for William Edward (Spouse 1)
The summer of 1966 we got back from Omaha and he had been suffering from what he thought were sinus headaches.  Turned out to be a brain tumor.  At the time, they thought it benign so they removed it (twice, actually).  His surgeries were in Portland as Montana didn't have neurosurgeons.  Our parents were gone on and off for about 12 months, my dad's family picked up the slack.  He was one of seven and all but one still lived in Butte.  It was a nomadic life but as a kid, you don't know any different.  The only treatment beyond surgery was an early form of radiation called Cobalt.  They went to Billings for that.  He died in Butte on June 5, 1967.  Life was never the same.....Moe was 13, Pat 12, ME 10, Jo 8, Mike 6 and Willie 4...
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