In the precious words of Ruth Moxley, “Home James, and don’t spare the horses!" Ruth Naomi Moxley has been called home after 95 years on this earth to join her family members in Heaven.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel – 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City, Nevada on Friday, July 14 from 11:20 until noon. Following the service, her cremains will be placed in the plot with her husband Burt Moxley.
Ruth was born on April 27, 1922 in Abbingdon, Illinois to the late Frank and Ina Rossell. She loved life and she loved to laugh, sing, and dance.
Fishing and boating on Lake Mead with her family and friends occupied many of her weekends in the early days, although one trip ended abruptly when her nose was ensnared by a fish hook that had to be removed by a doctor. Camping and cooking outdoors made her happy because she said that food always tasted better when it was cooked and eaten outdoors. She enjoyed weekends at her son’s cabin feeding the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds, and arranging rocks in borders around the large pine trees. She insisted on cooking large holiday dinners so her family could all be together, but would often forget a dish in the refrigerator and discover it after the meal was over.
She loved movies and going out to dinner and she loved to make people laugh. She could start up a friendship just standing in line at a buffet. One of her favorite pastimes was playing Bingo and visiting with her senior friends – she called them her “ladies.” She loved to sing scary nursery rhymes to her grandkids – like the Ladybug song where she flies home to discover that “her house is on fire and her children are all burned.”
She enjoyed evenings in the summer at barbecues, and sitting on the driveway or porch watching the wild turkeys, deer, antelope, and jack rabbits stroll by. One evening, she drove her golf cart up to her son’s house to see a skunk that he had trapped, but on her way back to her house, she drove her cart into the ditch and had to be rescued.
After she retired the first time, she took a job as a courier delivering mail for Clark County Parks and Recreation and as she delivered the mail, she also delivered joy and laughter to everyone at the community centers. Her boss once said that she was the best employee she’d ever had, and on one occasion, one of the community center leaders pointed out that she was wearing tennis shoes that didn’t match. They had a good laugh over that.
She loved visiting with her children and grandchildren, including the four-legged grandchildren; speeding through her “Days of Our Lives” recordings; feeding her hummingbirds and watching them fight for a turn at the feeder. Ruth was always excited about traveling to new places and having big adventures. She appreciated life, enjoyed it to the fullest, and loved taking care of her family.
Although Ruth left a large hollow space in her wake when she left this world, she would not want anyone to weep for her, but instead be joyful in the fact that she lived a good life for 95 years and passed with family members by her side.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Burt, her brother Arnold, and her son Bob, as well as her mother Ina, and father Frank Rossell. She left behind her daughter Debbie Thompson and husband Paul; her son Neil Moxley and wife Cindy; her daughter Robin Concannon, her sister-in-law Carole Gibbs, three nephews, 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and many friends.
She will be remembered dearly and missed by all who loved her.
A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel – 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City, Nevada on Friday, July 14 from 11:20 until noon. Following the service, her cremains will be placed in the plot with her husband Burt Moxley.