Today, I say good-bye to a true friend. Ruth Jensen Tuttle passed away last week and her services are today. She was 89 years old and was one of the kindest women I know.
Even though there was a number of years difference in our age, she was no less a true friend and a heart felt companion. We shared the same birth date and would always make contact on that day.
She was a gardener. Her yard was filled with many unusual flowers. Ruth seemed to have an extra passion for roses. She had so many beautiful varieties.
She shared her garden with us every Sunday. Without fail, next to the pulpit sat an arrangement of exquisite beauty. Even during the winter months, there was an arrangement of some type provided.
Last week, my sister Nicole called from and was planning to attend a birthday party of a friend who was turning 90. She said her friend was a warm, delightful woman who made her laugh. Nicole’s last comment was, “She is one of my best friends.”
Age has no barrier when it comes to friends and companionship. The elderly, because of their experience, can can offer wisdom and compassion. They’ve been down a road or two. It’s good to have a “boomer” as a friend.
I’m going to miss Ruth.
P.S. I’m also friends with Ruth’s daughter, Karen and Becky, a daughter in-law. They share Ruth’s sweet giving spirit and kindness. They both fit in the “true friend” category.