Ruth Montes Althoff, 71, beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to many, passed away at her home in Simi Valley, CA, on Dec. 22 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer
Born on July 8, 1942, in Durango Mexico, Ruth was raised by her mother, Esperanza R. Montes, and father, Jose B. Montes, along with her two siblings, Thomas R. Montes and Ventura Lemus.
The family immigrated to California in 1950, where they settled in the San Fernando Valley. After graduating from Reseda High School in 1961, she worked at the Pacific Bell Telephone Company. She married Roman Althoff in 1969, and son, Robert, was born in 1972. Following a move to El Dorado Springs in 1975, daughter, Robyn, was born in 1977.
While raising her family, Ruth was very active in the El Dorado Springs community. She was a Charter Member and past President of the Hospital Auxiliary. A longtime member of the Progress Club whereby she was once named Woman of the Year. She was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Ruth held numerous jobs including working as a reporter for a local newspaper, real estate agent, Country Club manager, and restaurant owner.
Cooking was a true passion for Ruth, and anyone in her circle of friends was always well fed. Ruth was an energetic Boy Scout leader, T-ball coach, Bulldog Booster and passionate football fan, forever loyal to her Raiders, Cowboys and when Robert wasn’t watching- the Chiefs. She was known to be completely loving and a little bossy; an excellent cook and terrible singer; a spirited party thrower, concertgoer, tamale maker, risk taker, traveler, instigator and animal lover who remained well-versed in the latest news stories, politics, sports, books and movies.
Ruth moved back to Southern California in 1997, returning first to the San Fernando Valley before settling in Simi Valley. She was a valued employee of Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, where she worked in the call center for 14 years, often feeding her co-workers and engaging in political discussions. Unwavering in her devotion to family and lifelong friends, she maintained strong connections to Missouri and always enjoyed going back to El Dorado Springs for the annual picnic.
Those closest to Ruth know that her favorite saying was “relax.” She had a way of making, “Hey, Bucko” sound endearing, not to mention, "I did not survive cancer three times to put up with you buttheads!” When not in the kitchen or tending to her garden, Ruth could be found looking for her “deals over by the whatacallits,” with her loyal dog, Tuffy, never far from her side.
Ruth is survived by her two children, Robert Althoff and Robyn Althoff; brother Tom Montes and sister-in-law Gayle Montes; nephew Eddie Montes; nieces Lisa Vandergriff and Linda Dillon; numerous cousins, two great nieces and one great nephew.
Her life will be celebrated with a rosary and memorial mass in Simi Valley, and this spring Ruth will be laid to rest in her beloved town of El Dorado Springs. Donations may be made in Ruth’s name to pancan.org or the Cedar County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in El Dorado Springs.