Ruth Strobel Goins

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Ruth Strobel Goins

Ruth Strobel Goins, formerly of Terry, died peacefully of natural causes January 31, 2022, in Bellingham, WA. She was 96.

She was born on the family farm near Terry on August 9, 1925, to Gottfried and Friederika Strobel. The third youngest of 11 children, she attended the German- speaking country school near Fallon until fourth grade, and then transferred to Terry, learned English, and completed her education through high school. Soon after graduation she married Charles Johansen. While he fought in World War Two, she went to Chicago to work in factories supporting the war effort. The Johansens had three children, Sheila, Jonie and Conrad, before their marriage ended in divorce.

In 1954 she married Richard Revell. The family moved to Terry, where she worked at the post office and was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. All three children attended Terry schools. In 1977 the Revells moved to Great Falls, where Ruth worked as a nurse’s aide in occupational and physical therapy and then obtained her LPN license. A meticulous housekeeper and talented cook and gardener, she loved fishing and was especially delighted with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her meals stood out as adventuresome and delicious amidst the plain cuisine of Terry at the time. Her radiant smile and infectious laugh were unforgettable to all who knew her. After her husband died in 1983, she married Frank Goins in 1987 and moved to North Carolina. Then after her husband Frank died in 2010, Ruth returned to Montana (Helena) to live until moving to the state of Washington in 2015 to be near her children.

She is survived by her daughter Sheila Johansen of Bellingham, WA; son Conrad and his wife Sandi of Port Angeles, WA; grandchildren Christina Bailey (Steve Norkus) and Kyle Bailey, Reno, NV; Alissa (Jack) Hathaway, Camas, WA; Benjamin Johansen, Hayden, ID; Jonathan (Nawal) Johansen, San Carlos, CA; Jess Diehl, Oregon City ,OR; and Erik Diehl, Gallatin Gateway, MT. Great grandchildren are Adelyn Ruth and Nolan Hathaway and Evan, Sean, Isabel, Zade and Rami Johansen. She is predeceased by her parents, all her siblings, her daughter Jonie, and her three husbands.

She wished to be cremated with minimal fuss. The family will celebrate her life this summer. Donations in her honor can be given to local food banks or senior services.

When Ruth opened her curtains each morning to see a new day, she said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” For her life and light, her family says the same.