Dec. 16, 1918 - Feb.8, 2017A private memorial service will be held in Washington for Ruth Miller Spradlin, formerly of Kernville, who passed away February 8 at the age of 98 in Colville, Washington.
Ruth Miller was born on Dec. 16, 1918, in Magna, Utah, to parents William Louis Miller and Blenda Miller. Ruth never met her father, as he died a month prior to her birth from complications from the Spanish Flu.
Ruth was raised in Garfield, Utah, a Kennecott Mining Company-owned town, a short distance from Magna. Shortly after her graduation from Cyprus High School in 1937, Ruth's mother moved her and her sister, Lorna, to Salt Lake City, Utah, in order to be closer to family and to work.
During World War II, Ruth was active in the USO and would often write letters to soldiers who were deployed in combat units. One of the soldiers that Ruth frequently communicated with was Lloyd Spradlin, who was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during the war.
In the fall of 1945, Lloyd mustered out of the service at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City. After communicating only through an exchange of daily letters, Ruth and Lloyd met in person for the first time. With only a small photograph of Lloyd, Ruth was able to pick him out of the crowd of people on the day they met. It was love at first sight for both, and one week after meeting for the first time, Lloyd and Ruth were married in Salt Lake City on Nov. 10, 1945.
Following their wedding, Ruth and Lloyd moved to Southern California. In 1956, when Lockheed Aircraft opened facilities in Northern California, they moved to Saratoga, Calif.. Ruth was a homemaker and raised four sons.
They moved to Kernville in 1965 and purchased the Kernville Trading Post, located at 13 Big Blue Road, which they renamed to the Whiskey Flat General Store. Side by side, Ruth and Lloyd ran the general store, which became a mainstay in the community for years and was known for carrying a variety of items from western wear and camping gear to an assortment of fine wines. Ruth had a knack for interior design, and her style for home decor, giftware and clothing could be seen throughout the Whiskey Flat General Store.
Following the death of her beloved husband, Lloyd, in 1978, Ruth sold the Whiskey Flat General Store in 1982 but remained in Kernville until 2004 when she moved to Colville, Wash. to be closer to family. She remained in Colville until her death.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, and her sister, Lorna Fay Ray. She is survived by her four sons Hilding (Lynn) of Vacaville, Calif., Mark (Marilyn) and Todd (Chris) of Colville, Wash. and Kevin of the Kern Valley, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and friends, all whom she loved dearly.
Ruth was always caring and providing for others, whether it was family, new or longtime friends. She was known for her strength, compassion, love of cooking and her quick wit. Ruth's faith in Jesus was her stronghold, knowing that when she passed from this life, she would be reunited with her family in Heaven.