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Ruth Carol Kinney

October 1, 1928 — November 29, 2021

Ruth Carol Kinney

Ruth Carol Kraft Kinney transitioned peacefully on November 29 at the age of 93. She was supported through her death by caring teams of professionals at Encompass Hospice and Caring Hearts of Pocatello. Her son, Scott, kept vigil through a very long Thanksgiving weekend so she knew she was loved when the moment came.

Carol was born in Springville, UT in October of 1928. Her childhood happened in Green River, WY where she graduated from Lincoln High School. In her first year at LDS Business College she met Farel Kinney. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in November, 1948, and made a home in Murray, UT with their six children. After Farel passed in 1987 Carol continued living in Murray with the help of her sister, Jean and her family. In 2009 she relocated to upstate New York to be with her son, Douglas. She went to live with her sister-in-law Dorothy at Caring Hearts in 2020 where she could receive 24-hour care and be surrounded by family.

Carol loved being around family and close friends.  She was equally vivacious at an opera gala or watching a movie on the couch with her grandchildren.  Similarly, a camping trip with family held great joy, as did a day shopping with Jean or a delicious meal at a nice restaurant that had to end with sugary goodness. She enjoyed concerts and operas, sporting events, holidays, and birthdays. She loved anything that was furry with four legs, and any dog within her sight was loved and spoiled.

She held strong value in compassion and fairness. She thought everyone should be welcomed, and that tolerance and respect was to be celebrated. She had both a formidable side, and a gentle self-introspection; both attributes gave others strength, and drew many to her. She always rooted for the underdog despite any personal connection. Her gratitude for others came with an innate humility; she often put the needs of others before her own.

We celebrate she was reunited with her husband, Farel, her mother, Ruth Ada Whitmore, and father, William August Kraft. She also missed her brothers Jack and Bob, grandson Ty, great grandson Tandyn, niece Clovis, and many brothers and sisters in-law.

Her sister Jean and brother William (Jan) and their children and grandchildren continue to love their sister and aunt very much. And she leaves a palpable legacy of six children-Kathy (Bob), Gaylene (Tom), Scott (Suzette), Ruston, Tim and Douglas (Andrew), 13 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11 at 11 am at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State St., Midvale, with a viewing from 10-10:45 prior to the services. Interment, Springville Evergreen Cemetery in Springville.

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