Ruth Schumann Hinton Wittwer, 87, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March, 24, 2015, in St. George, Utah. She was born January 30, 1928, in Chemnitz, Germany, to Karl Rudolf and Wanda Uhlig Schumann, and was one of six children. Her brothers Gerhard, Friedrich, Johannes and Werner, and her sister Marianne preceded her in death.
On March 30, 1957, she married Lawrence Hugh Hinton — her husband of 50 years — in the St. George LDS Temple. Following Lawrence’s death in 2007, she married Sylvan Wittwer in the St. George LDS Temple, and he was her devoted husband until the time of his death in 2012.
Ruth was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings in the church, but none were more dear to her heart than the two missions she served in her native country and her most recent calling at the Hurricane Family History Center.
Ruth’s life was firmly rooted in her deep faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and every decision she made was based around it. With little more than her faith, Ruth immigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in Salt Lake City where she worked for a book binding company.
Four years later, she married Lawrence and settled in Hurricane where she had a home for the remainder of her life. Her kindness, love and service touched the lives of many.
She is survived by her four children: Christine (Craig) Hepworth, Rupert, Idaho; Jon (Deanne) Hinton, Riverton, Utah; Jeff (Deana) Hinton, Lehi, Utah; Jay (Jody) Hinton, Fort Worth, Texas; and 14 grandchildren: Rachel (Brant), Kyle, Chelsea, Austin (Brittnee), Jeremy, Hayden, Cole, Corby, Kyson, Lacie, Jay (currently serving in the Norway Oslo Mission), Isabella, Elizabeth and Camdyn. Also survived by brothers-in-law Harvard Hinton and Verdell Hinton (Beryl) and a sister-in-law Lillian Hinton.
- Funeral services will be held at Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 1178 South 700 West, Hurricane.
- A visitation will be Friday, from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel, and also on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. prior to services at the chapel.
- Interment will follow at the Hurricane City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Ruth’s online guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.