Ruth Montana Hash Phipps, 97, of Mouth of Wilson, Va., passed away May 17, 2011 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C.
Ruth was born Jan. 5, 1914 in Harlowton, Mont., to Christie Halsey and Charles Hash. She was the first of 10 children and quickly learned the value of hard work, and dedication to family and God.
She graduated from Oak Hill Academy. She married Paul J. Phipps on Dec. 21, 1935, forming a union that held strong for 63 years.