Ruth Tarbell
1946 - 2019
10/07/46 - 10/26/19 Ruth (Naftaniel) Tarbell was born in Frankfurt, Germany on October 7, 1946. After surviving the Holocaust and WWII, her parents decided to settle in the United States and build their lives. They arrived in New York on November 10, 1947 and later had two more daughters, Miriam and Janet. Throughout most of her childhood, Ruth and her family lived in Miami Beach, FL. Although they didn't own much, she would say she had a rich and happy childhood, with memories of walking with her family to the pier to fish or the beach to swim being among her favorites. Just before her high school graduation in 1964, the family moved to Long Beach, CA, where she graduated from Long Beach Poly High School. She married Clarence "Butch" Tarbell in 1974 and they raised their 4 children: daughter, Lori (Tarbell) Mendoza; son, Glen Naftaniel; daughter, Amanda (Tarbell) Hogue; and son, Michael Tarbell. They also raised 5 of their grandchildren: Breanna, Brittney, Matthew, Owen and Bailey. In total, she had 15 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 1 precious great-granddaughter, Ruthie, named after her. After marrying, Ruth and Butch lived a year in Downey, CA, then moved to Muscoy, CA. In 1978 they moved to Devore, CA, and remained there for 30 years. In 2006 they moved to Pinon Hills, CA, to be closer to their children. They enjoyed rural living and through the years raised many farm animals and exotic birds. Ruth enjoyed reading Stephen King books, crocheting, yard sales, antique auctions, shopping, bowling, and trips to the casino. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, going on cruises, discussing news and politics, and singing in the car. She worked for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana for 34 years. Her first position was as a ward clerk then she was pathology assistant for 10 years before finally achieving her lifelong dream of becoming an Registered Nurse. She graduated from Victor Valley College with her ASN in 1992 and was a home health RN across the High Desert until her retirement in 2009. She truly loved being a nurse and patients would sometimes recognize her while shopping and approach her to give her a hug and thank her for her care. Ruth had a great and somewhat wicked sense of humor, was insightful, and would not be afraid to speak her mind. She was hard-working and independent, yet very devoted to her family. She loved to cook big meals for all the family and Thanksgiving was her favorite day of the year. She was the foundation of her family and was always there to lend her ear, offer advice, and even lecture when it was needed. The last couple of years were tough on her, healthwise, and she grieved the loss of the independence she always enjoyed, although was very grateful for the loving care her granddaughter, Breanna, provided. Because of this, she was able to remain with her family in the comfort of her home and enjoy her time with them, listen to, love and support them, and watch her favorite shows. Her family loved her dearly and will miss her terribly. Ruth was preceded in death by her father, Harry Naftaniel; mother, Hermine Naftaniel; and sister, Janet Dalton. She was also preceded by her firstborn newborn son, and would always burn a candle in loving remembrance of him during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She passed away at Desert Valley hospital on October 26, 2019, at the age of 73, surrounded by her family. In support of her wishes, no funeral will be held, however, the family will be gathering on Thanksgiving to remember her, laugh, cry, and celebrate her life.

Published by San Bernardino County Sun on Nov. 28, 2019.
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Ruth was my grandma and I can't stress enough how much of an amazing woman she was. She always knew what to say and when to say it. Even at the very end she was there to listen. I consider myself so lucky to had been blessed with such an incredible person to help raise me. She gave me so many memories that I'll be able to tell my kids one day and am forever great full to have her as my guardian angel in the stars.
Megan Tarbell
December 1, 2019
Ruth will be missed by so many people.. like me she always took time out to talk to me and was proud of me .. loved your mom
Chuck Garrett
December 1, 2019
I enjoyed visiting with Ruth and listening to her stories. She shared stories of her growing up and raising her kids with Butch. She loved animals and especially enjoyed riding horses. We talked about politics, movies, children, and grandchildren. The great grandchild we have in common is little Ruthie named after her. Ruth will be dearly missed.
Teri York
November 29, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss . I didn't know Ruthie personally but Bre and I spent a lot of time together during the ice hockey years. She spoke highly of her grandmother . I knew she was an amazing lady because Bre turned out just like her . When I heard of Ruthies great granddaughters name it did not come as a shock, what a testament to love . A life lived well, filled with love is the all we can pray for . She did that . Sending love and light to you all . God Bless
Shawna Wolf
November 28, 2019
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