Ruth Dolorita Nevala Farbo was born April 8, 1929 to John and Impi Lumpus Nevala in South Range, Michigan. She passed away Nov. 1, 2019 at Life Care Center in Lewiston, Idaho from the cruel and horrible effects of dementia.
Ruth attended grade school in South Range and graduated from Painesdale High School in Painesdale, Michigan in 1946. She attended beauty school and met her future husband in Houghton, Michigan while he was attending the Michigan Tech Forestry College there. Thomas P. Farbo married his “Ruthie Dolly” on Feb. 16, 1952 in South Range and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before Tom passed away in 2001.
Ruth left Michigan and followed Tom throughout his U.S. Forest Service career living in Worland, Fortine, Sylvanite and Butte, Montana before moving to Orofino in 1964 where they built their home in Miles Addition.
Ruth enjoyed talking to people, playing bridge and bingo, gambling, fishing, harvesting Christmas trees and seed cones, cleaning her house, making the best chocolate chip cookies and Swedish meatballs, and feeding her pet deer and squirrels.
She was very proud of her Finnish heritage and would speak
Finnish to anyone who shared that. She worked many years at the Western Auto Store in Orofino and seasonally at H&R Block. Ruth and Tom were members of the Ascension Lutheran Church and the Orofino Dance Club.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom, her brother Gordie Nevala and brother-in-law Paul Emley.
Ruth is survived by her children – Kathy and Alan Deyo of Orofino, John and Diane Farbo of Orofino, and Jean Anne and Kevin Sharrai of Rathdrum. She is also survived by her grands – Tyson Cobbs and Emily Simmons of Orofino (and great-grands Kyla Cobbs of Caldwell and Hunter Cobbs of Orofino), Jayce and Laura Sharrai of Boise, and Carson and Matt Hill of Hayden, Idaho.
She is survived by her sister, Eunice Emley of Simsbury, CT and sister-in-law, Rosemary Nevala, of Escanaba, MI, an extended Farbo family in Pennsylvania along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A life celebration luncheon will be held at the Orofino VFW on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A family graveside service will be held earlier in the day under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary, c/o Janet Overman, P.O. Box 326, Orofino, ID 83544.
Special thanks to the staff at Life Care in Lewiston for taking such good care of Ruth the last several years.