Ruth J. Best passed away April 30, 2008, at her home in Klamath, following a long illness. She was born March 23, 1937 in Tucson, Ariz., a daughter of Kenneth Ives and Eunice Lavern (Brean) Jordan.

She was raised and educated in Tucson. She married as a young woman, and six children were born to the marriage. Ruth later divorced and moved to Spokane, Wash., where she worked as a cook at the Silman Hotel for several years before becoming a homemaker. She remarried, moved to Portland, Ore., and four children were born. That marriage ended in divorce after 25 years.

In 1995, Ruth moved briefly to Crescent City before relocating to Klamath, where she had lived for the last 12 years.

She loved children and animals, and found enjoyment in helping others. She enjoyed cooking and family. She also liked to crochet and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her children, Debbie Vilanj of Oklahoma, Lori McMann, Jeannette Odle, and Kathryn Wood of Washington, Phyllis Wood of Texas, Kandus Best of Klamath, Robert Best, William Best, and Jim Wood, all of Oregon, and John Wood of Washington; brothers Paul Jordan and Fred Jordan, and sister Fern Starkey, all of Arizona; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and several aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon at Clackamas Park on Highway 224 in Milwaukie, Ore.

Memorials may be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are being handled by Redwood Memorial Care of Crescent City.