Ruth M. Wright

Ruth M. Wright, 91, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, surrounded by family.

A funeral mass was held Monday, April 8, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Valier. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Shelby.

Ruth was born to Arthur Reinholz and Linda (Freeman) Reinholz on Feb. 7, 1928 in Sentinel Butte, N.D. She graduated from Sentinel Butte High School and went on to attend Billings School of Business for nine months. Ruth worked as a bookkeeper at Midland Packing. 

She married Ted Wright in May 1948. They had four children: Terry, Fred, David, and Linda. Ted and Ruth moved to Shelby in 1954 and purchased and operatedThe Glacier Moteland the Hardware Hank. Ted and Ruth divorced in 1974. Ruth went on to marry Mel Bergen in 1975 in Canada. They divorced in 1976.

Ruth moved to Great Falls and bought a five-plex and owned and operated TheJunk Shopfor five years. Ruth enjoyed selling her toys and wares at flea markets and fairs. She was a very hard worker and truly enjoyed cleaning houses, yardwork and being a Senior Companion. Ruth loved to dance and go to movies (especially for the popcorn). Ruth is a devout Catholic and prayed the rosary every day. She enjoyed trying her luck in Jackpot, Nev., eating out, garage sale shopping, playing with her jigsaw puzzles, Oreo cookies and lemon meringue pie.

After their son, Fred, passed away, Ruth and Ted rekindled their love and remarried on Sept. 21, 2007, in Great Falls.

Survivors include daughter, Linda (Tom) Kuka of Valier; son, David (Anne) Wright of Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Kay Doubles of Arizona and Leona Wright of Washington; and a niece, Marietta (Dave) Martin of Dickinson, N.D.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted; siblings, Fred and Mary; and sons, Terry and Fred. 

Condolences can be made to Ruth’s memorial page at