During the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with COPD, Ruth Amelia Fowler Linares returned to her heavenly home. She was born Nov. 23, 1927, to Leslie and Josephine Fowler in Placerville, California, where she spent her childhood years with her two sisters and three brothers. She met Alfred Linares during World War II and they married on Jan. 23, 1946. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2006. They moved to Wendover in 1952, where she held various positions for the Western Café and Stateline Hotel Casino.
For the past 10 years she resided in Ibapah, Utah. She loved living near the mountains, taking in the fresh air, exploring the backcountry, and looking for treasures from a bygone era. She had a sassy spirit and religious soul, and remained a lifetime member of the Catholic faith. One of her favorite things was to crotchet blankets and give them away to everyone she met. She had a unique talent for making world-renowned chili meat and tortillas.
In February 2017, she was admitted to Rocky Mountain Care Willow Springs in Tooele, where she spent her last eight months. Her caregivers at the facility, including hospice, provided loving and tender care during her stay, well beyond expectations.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff for becoming a part of her life. Thanks to the Catholic priests and chaplains for her special blessings, Wendover City and community, and to Tate Mortuary.
She is survived by her seven children who dearly loved her: Danny (Deanna), Grantsville; Kenneth (Terry), Grantsville; Donna (John) Glover, Crescent City, California; Michael (Wendy) Draper; Linda (Danny) Michels, Globe, Arizona; Nancy (Brad) Gentry, Wendover, Nevada; and Pie (Marilyn), Ibapah.
She leaves behind a posterity of many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Grandma Cuca was proud of them all and loved each one individually.
A celebration of life will be held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Wendover Community Building. Casual attire. In accordance with her wishes to be cremated, the family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84148.