Ruth Maria (Paulat) Grovom, a longtime Portland/Vancouver resident, passed away at her home on May 15, 2018. She was 55.
Ruth was born in St. Paul, Minn. to Hart and Sharron Paulat on Sept. 17, 1962. Sharron passed away when Ruth was five years old and Hart later married Joyce Rader. The family moved to Idaho where Ruth grew up and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1980. She attended BSU, receiving her LPN and later attended school in Portland to receive her RN. Her entire nursing career was with the VA and she was looking forward to retiring in September of this year.
Ruth married Tom Grovom who had two young daughters and together they had another daughter, Holly. They later divorced.
She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and helping others. She was a fierce patient advocate for our veterans and spent much of her free time ensuring their basic needs were met or holding their hand until they went to Heaven.
She was baptized in Minnesota and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Kamiah and was free to give her opinions and not afraid to talk about her faith in God. She knew there is life after death and we are confident she is with Jesus as we mourn our loss.
Ruth is survived by her children Holly, Rachel, and Shannon, all in the Portland area; her parents Hart and Joyce Paulat of Kamiah; her sisters Elizabeth of Clarkston, Wash. and Kristi of Albuquerque, N.M. She also leaves behind two grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother Sharron, her grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
Ruth’s body was laid to rest in the Kamiah Cemetery on May 23, but her spirit will live forever with God who created and loved her and we look forward to a grand reunion in Heaven someday. Blessed be the memory of our dear Ruth.
When I come home to Heaven,
How joyful it will be!
For on that day at last
My risen Lord I’ll see.
I’ve done nothing to deserve
That perfect home above.
It was given freely through
The grace of Jesus’s love.
Then why should earthly cares
Weigh down upon me so?
They’ll be a distant memory
When HOME at last I go.