Ruth Marie Backes

Ruth Marie Backes, 68, of Central Point, Ore., passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at Rogue Valley Medical Center. She was born on October 25, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Grant and Wallena (Pitts) Day. Her family moved to the Rogue Valley in 1948, and she made Central Point her home.

Ruth married William Curtis Backes, and they raised three children together. Ruth worked for U.S. Bank as a teller, and for JC Penny's as a clerk. She enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and playing cards with her friends.

She is survived by her husband, William; children, Wallena Lanter, of Mesa, Ariz.; Robert Backes, of Central Point, Ore.; and Sandra Drake, of Great Falls, Mont.; brother, Rosco Day, of Medford, Ore.; sister, Maxine Caldwell, of Central Point, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary. www.hillcrestmortuary.com

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