Ruth Hathaway Mauss was born Ruth Elinor Hathaway in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Nov. 22, 1929, and she died two days short of her 89th birthday Nov. 20, 2018, at the Silverado care community for Alzheimer's patients in Costa Mesa, Calif. Her parents were Richard Hathaway and Florence May Bond, also of St. Anthony. Ruth outlived all seven of her siblings, but she is survived by her loving husband of more than 67 years, Armand L. Mauss, and by her eight adoring children: D. Michael Mauss (Anne), Linda Rosenlof (Larry), Lottie Hobbs (Ronald), Matthew G. Mauss (Lyn), Eric L. Mauss (Shawn), Steven K. Mauss (Rebecca), Byron B. Mauss (Deborah) and Edmund A. Mauss, as well as by 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ruth's career was mainly that of a homemaker for the first half of her married life, supplemented by service as an evening dispatcher for the Pullman, Wash., Police Department while she also earned a bachelor's degree at Washington State University. That was followed by a career at the same university for more than a decade, where she was responsible for student records, at first in the Registrar's Office and then in the Department of Speech and Hearing. Eventually, she and her husband both retired from Washington State University and moved to Orange County, Calif., where five of her children had settled and were raising families. For the next two decades, she and Armand enjoyed extensive travels, academic events, reading and numerous family gatherings with her descendants.
In her early life, Ruth interrupted her studies at the University of Utah to join the United States Air Force, where she earned the rank of sergeant while serving with the American occupation forces in Tokyo, Japan. It was there that she met and married Armand, also recently inducted into the Air Force. By the time they returned to the United States in early 1954, they had two children. As the family grew, they lived in Walnut Creek, Calif., and Logan, Utah, before finally settling in Pullman for 30 years. The family was always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
To all her associates at work, at church, or in school, Ruth was admired for her keen intellect, her high level of literacy and her unwavering sense of responsibility. Her husband, too, admired her for those qualities, along with her work ethic, her endless patience, her forgiveness and her loyalty. To her children, she will always be the subject of stories exemplifying her matter-of-fact pragmatism, her frugality, her sense of fairness, her utter lack of pretentiousness, her playfulness and her unqualified love and support for each of them. A brief memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Jan. 5, 2019, at the LDS Stake Center, 23 Lake Road, Irvine, Calif.