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Ruth (Gies) Boner

Ruth (Gies) Boner
Ruth Boner
- March 13, 2018

Ruth (Gies) Boner, 96, former longtime resident of Lusk, WY, passed away March 5, 2018, after a brief illness at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Ruth was born Jan. 30, 1922, in LaSalle, CO, to German Russian immigrants, John A. and Katherine (Feagler) Gies. Growing up on the farm during the depression helped shape how she lived the rest of her life. She graduated from Galeton (CO) High School in 1939. After high school she took her civil service test and attended radio school. Ruth joined the US Army as a WAC in April 1943. She fulfilled a two-year assignment in a laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and served a year in the European Theater of Operations. While awaiting passage back to the USA she attended the American University of Biarritz in France. After being discharged from the military as a TECH 4, Ruth pursued her education at Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley, CO, and obtained a degree in Business Education and English. Upon graduation Ruth taught at Fremont County High School in Lander, WY, for one-year and then moved to Lusk in the 1951-52 school year. The move was prompted by an offer to increase her salary from $2,600 to $3,200 per year. Ruth’s primary classes were Consumer and Vocational Business. She also taught English and Social Studies. In 1966, the Lusk Tiger yearbook was dedicated to her for her dedicated work in the N.C.H.S. Business Department and many Annual Staff’s she sponsored during her first 14 years of teaching at N.C.H.S.

Ruth had an opportunity to travel back to Europe after the war with friend, Delores DeCastro. During their two-month excursion she had the chance to revisit some of the places she had seen during her deployment in Europe and explore many new countries.

In 1964, she married the love of her life Earl Boner of Edgemont. From that union they had one child, Barbara. Earl was a US Army veteran having served duty during the Korean War. Earl was instrumental in the discovery of the uranium mines near Edgemont. Earl passed away Sept. 18, 1972.

After 31 years of teaching at Lusk and Niobrara County High School, she continued to live in Lusk and kept busy by volunteering her time. She was the State Coordinator for the AARP and IRS program to establish and provide volunteers throughout Wyoming to do pro bono income tax returns for elderly and handicapped individuals. She also was active in lobbying the Wyoming State Legislature to promote programs for the elderly. Ruth often traveled to Greeley, CO, Narbeth, PA, Bullhead City, AZ, and La Mirada, CA, to spend time with her sisters and brothers-in law. They remained close all their lives and always had a great time together.

In her retirement Ruth enjoyed going to Niobrara Senior Center on an almost daily basis for over 30 years not only for lunch but for the camaraderie and friendship. Ruth also enjoyed making crafts, gardening, traveling, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles and cooking for family, especially at Thanksgiving. Playing bridge with her friends was a special passion.

Ruth moved to the independent living senior apartments at St. Martin's Village in Rapid City in September 2018. Leaving her longtime home was a difficult choice but Ruth embraced her new life. She loved being able to spend more time with Barb and George. Up until the time of her death she enjoyed going to Deadwood, poker parties and playing Bunco and Bingo.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Barbara (George) Mangulis, Piedmont; George’s children, Matthew (Jenny) Mangulis and family, Mankato, MN, and Marisa (Nick) Alderson and family, Lancaster, WI; George’s sisters, Astra Mangulis, Andra Mangulis and Anita (Martin) Rubenis and family, all of Lakewood, CO; her sisters, Eileen (Charles) Hover, Narbeth, PA, and Dorothy Capron, Colorado Springs, CO; nieces, Sue (Milton) Sommers, Colorado Springs, CO, and Debra, Somers, Greeley, CO; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and the extended Boner and Wing families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl R. Boner; sisters, Barbara (Raymond) Somer and Helen (William) Bradley; brother, John Gies Jr.; brother-in-law, Richard C. Capron; niece, Jeanette Lowe; and nephew, Donald Somer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Pier Funeral Home in Lusk.

Friends and family may sign her online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at blackhillsfuneralhome.com

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