Regina Marie Unruh peacefully passed away at Sunset Home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on August 16, 2020, reaching the age of 86 years. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at Woodland Mennonite Church, 7336 Olympic Way, Bonners Ferry. Burial will follow in the Woodland Mennonite Cemetery.
She was born November 3, 1933, in Copeland, Kansas, to Edward B. and Minnie (Unruh) Unruh. In 1940, at the age of six, she moved with her family to Bonners Ferry, leaving the Dust Bowl years of Kansas behind.
Her formal education started at the Moyie School and after consolidation she went to Sheridan School.
At the age of 14, she felt God calling her and she gave her heart to Him. On January 5, 1947, she was baptized into The Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, by Minister Herman Mininger. She was faithful to her vows until the end.
Regina had a very full life. In 1967, she graduated from LPN classes in Bonners Ferry, becoming a licensed practical nurse. She worked at Grace Nursing Home in California until she needed to return home to Idaho to care for her father, who had become disabled after suffering a stroke. She also cared for her mother when she had cancer.
We as a family remember asking her advice on medical issues and when we needed her, she was always there. Being a born problem solver and caregiver, she gave 40 years to the medical field. For many years she served at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry.
Being a very industrious lady, Reginia found time after work for tending her beautiful flowers and garden, and for putting away food for the winter. She loved to cook for friends and family and we remember her beautifully set tables and the delicious meals she provided.
In the fall of 2017 she moved into Sunset Home for the winter, but it ended being long term. She was a bright spot there, endearing herself to the nurses and those around her. As her family we appreciate very much the loving care she received at the home.
Left with precious memories are brother Leonard and wife Ruth Unruh, Grafton, North Dakota, sister-in-law, Annie, Mrs. Ray Smith from Ingalls, Kansas, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant twin brother, Reginald, and five brothers and four sisters.
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