Ruth Lorene Stonebarger passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on October 19th, 2021 one week after her 97th birthday.
Ruth passed nearly three years after the death of her beloved husband of 76 years, Gene Stonebarger. She is survived by her 4 children, Frank (Marcia), Larry (Maureen), Glenn (Jeannie), Sandy, along with her 12 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Jeannie, preceded her in death.
Born on Oct. 12, 1924 to Stewart and Adeline Poulsen in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Ruth was born a middle child of 11. Young Ruth and the Poulsen family made their way west in the ‘30s, moving between many Northern California cities following work as fruit contractors. Settling in Porterville, Ruth graduated from Strathmore High School and married then-United States Army Air Corpsman, Gene Stonebarger in 1942. Ruth and Gene made Oakley home shortly after where they raised their family and grew in the agricultural community for 73 years.
Dedicated to community, faith and most of all, family, Ruth was an active member of the Oakley Baptist Church, the Oakley Women’s Club, the PTA, an avid tennis player and a lover of bridge. She is remembered for her warmth, her unshakable love for family, togetherness and traditions as well as her legendary apple pie.
The deceased’s funeral services will be held on November 9th at Golden Hills Church at 10:30 a.m., burial immediately following at Union Cemetery, Brentwood. Ruth’s Celebration of Life at Cap’s Oak Street Bar and Grill will follow burial. In remembrance, donations can be made to the Stonebarger Family Scholarship, supporting exceptional local Liberty High School students.