Beloved Ruth Lorraine (Jones) Wines was born January 30, 1921, in Chowchilla, Calif., to John Thomas Jones and Maria Christina (Schwabenland) Jones, the youngest among their five daughters and two sons. When a child she was taught the marvelous truth of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and believed His word as quoted on her Easter 1928 Sunday school placard: I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (Jn 11:25). As a young adult she participated in Christian Endeavor activities, graduated from Caruthers High School in 1938, attended two years at Fresno State College and then studied at Fresno Business College.
In 1944, having lived with her widowed mother five years and while working a civilian secretarial job at Camp Pinedale Air Force Base near Fresno, she met Hampton R. Wines. They were married in Fresno in February of 1946, after his military service release. After staying a few months at her husband’s family home in Menomonie, Wis., they moved to Logan, Utah, where Ruth worked in the agronomy department at Utah State Agricultural College, and Hampton enrolled in music education classes. After one academic quarter there, he transferred to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and Ruth helped by working for a Cincinnati legal firm. On Christmas vacation they traveled to Menomonie for the birth of their first son, John, in December of 1948. Their daughter, Candice was born in Cincinnati in 1950.
After her husband’s graduation from the Conservatory in 1950, Ruth was his faithful and loving helpmate as his band-teaching career led them first to Dodge City, Kansas, where their son, Terry was born in 1952, then to Gillette, Wyo., to Kennewick, Wash. in 1954, and finally to Aberdeen, Wash. in 1961. As their children grew older, Ruth worked in the Washington State Welfare Department food stamp program for 13 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1977. She continued to love and support her husband and accompanied him on one Aberdeen band overseas concert tour, to Scotland in 1978.
After declining health and a short illness brought her to Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam for one week, she was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, from which shortly after, on January 29, 2014, she was taken out of her tired body and into the Presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (I Cor. 5:8).
Ruth was preceded by her parents and six brothers and sisters; Lawrence Jones, Annie (Jones) Milleson, Fred Jones, Rose (Jones) Brow, Elsie (Jones) Campbell, and Grace (Jones) Culbertson.
Ruth is survived by her husband Hampton and son Terry of the family home; son, John Hampton Wines and wife Linnea (Ogren) Wines and their son John David Wines of Tumwater; daughter, Candice Maureen (Wines) Olsen and husband Rex Olsen of Kennewick, and grandsons, Michael Alan Olsen of Hood River, Ore., and Matthew Wines Olsen of Utsunomiya-Shi, Tochigi, Japan.
A viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, on Friday, February 7, 2014, at Fern Hill Funeral Home with a private burial to follow at 2 p.m., at Fern Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at the Cosmopolis Gospel Chapel, 1024 3rd Street, Cosmopolis, WA.