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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ruth Marie Nichols
January 5, 1931 - October 14, 2020

Place of Birth: Lambert, Montana
Residence: Glendive, Montana
Age: 89

Ruth Nichols passed peacefully on to Heaven to join her Savior on October 14, 2020 at Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, MT.
Ruth was born January 5, 1931 to Hugo and Mary (Nollmeyer) Klempel on their farm near Lambert MT. She was the fifth of 6 siblings. As a child she helped herd 2,000 head of sheep during the summer. The family only spoke German at home so Ruth had to learn English when she started school. After graduating from Lambert high school in 1950, Ruth went to St Paul Bible College for the Fall Semesters. She stayed home to work on the farm during the rest of the year as her father had passed away when she was 15. During the next 10 years she attended several colleges off and on. In 1960 she graduated from Seattle Pacific College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Ruth taught band for several years and directed a church choir. She also taught school in SD, ND, and MT.
In 1965 she married Gilbert Lepel and they lived in Sandpoint, ID. To this brief marriage was born one son, Bert. Ruth was a very devoted mother. While raising her son she also took care of her aging mother until 1978. Ruth lived various places in MT, ND, SD, ID, WA, SC, and FL. She experienced many hard times but she had amazing family support and her faith in God was strong. Ruth wanted her son to attend a Christian school, so she started one in her basement in 1975. She taught several students there for a year and then asked Bible Baptist Church to take on the school and they agreed! Liberty Christian School is still in operation to this day. In 1980, Ruth graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. She worked as a counselor at Pensacola Christian College in Florida and then later at Culbertson school.
After retiring Ruth became a “snowbird” and spent winters in AZ where 2 of her siblings lived. She enjoyed taking oil painting classes with her sister. In April 2004 Ruth married Bob Kelly who passed away on their honey moon a week later. Then in September 2005 she married Richard (Rick) Nichols. At the family’s request, Rick had gotten a checkup to make sure he was healthy and he passed with flying colors! Rick was diagnosed with cancer shortly after they married and he passed away a year later.
Ruth is survived by her son Bert (Mavirda) Lepel and granddaughter Johanna Lepel of Sidney, MT.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings – Walter Klempel, Elsie Klempel, Gus Klempel, Alice Clyde, and David Klempel; and her grandson Matthew Lepel.
A graveside service will be held at the Klempel Family Cemetery on October 17, at 2:30pm.


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Marilyn Nadine Green (Glendive, MT)
Oct 17, 2020
Bert and family, I was so sad to hear of your mother's passing. I so enjoyed seeing her when I visited my mother-in-law at EMVH. I loved hearing her play piano and having her attend the Sunday evening church services. She loved to read and was so appreciative of getting the Our Daily Bread devotional that she would read all 3 months at one sitting. I am thankful I got to know her. May God comfort you in this loss.
Wanda Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VA)
Oct 18, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her at church and the dinners. My sympathy to you and yours.
Tiffany Dvorak (Granite City, IL)
Oct 19, 2020
I remember spending a summer with Aunt Ruth. We would end our evenings reading through the bible together. She holds a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss.
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, MT)
Oct 19, 2020
Bert and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your mother from when she lived in Culbertson, May Our Lord continue to give you comfort and strength now and always. God Bless.
In Loving Memory
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