Ruth Ann Lockridge Faires, age 85, of Othello, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at La Country Care in Othello, after an extended illness. Ruth was born Nov. 10, 1927, at the family home in Corvallis, Mont., to Hugh and Clara (Fletcher) Lockridge. Ruth grew up during the Great Depression (1929 to 1939). In 1936, the family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where Ruth enjoyed Camp Fire Girls until graduating from high school in May 1945. Her mother insisted that both she and her younger sister have a college education. Ruth completed a bachelor's in elementary education at Eastern Washington University in 1949 and later completed some graduate education at San Jose State University. She taught for 14 years at Oak Harbor, Ellensburg, Odessa, Coeur d'Alene, Livermore, Calif., Othello and Warden. She was recognized as Top Teacher in Livermore. William Edward Faires and Ruth Ann Lockridge married Aug. 20, 1955, in the First Christian Church at Coeur d'Alene. They were married for 55 years. In 1966, they bought a 116-acre farm west of Othello, where they farmed until about 1984 when they leased the majority of the property. They continued to live on the farm until the spring of 2005. After raising a family, Ruth worked 14 years on contract for the United States Postal Service as a rural route mail carrier to the Royal Slope area. She did this so each of her children could have a college education. Ruth was a hard worker in the classroom, in the home and on the farm, excelling in art, library skills, research, cooking, canning and needlework. Preceding Ruth in death are her mother Clara A. Fletcher, her father Hugh F. Lockridge and her husband William E. Faires. Ruth is survived by her only sibling, a sister Miss Margaret A. Lockridge, of Wenatchee, and four children - son Leslie John, of Redding, Calif., daughter Jo Ann Lines, of Carnation, daughter Donna Rae Lolkema, of Ferndale, and son David William, of Bonney Lake. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m.; she will be laid to rest at Bess Hampton Memorial Garden in Othello immediately following the service. Ruth's love for God, her commitment to duty, honor, faithful sacrifice and service remain an inspiration to all who knew her. Arrangements entrusted to Danekas Funeral Home, Othello.