Ruth Irene (Hilderman) Yost passed away peacefully on June 24, 2020, at the age of 97. She was born on the family farm in Edgar, Montana to Jacob and Katie Hilderman on April 1, 1923.
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She attended schools in the Billings area and graduated from Billings Senior High in 1942. After high school, she continued working on the family farm for three years, then moved to Billings to work in the office of Rex Laundry and Dry Cleaners.
Ruth married Richard B. Yost on May 25, 1947, and they moved to the Yost Ranch in Melville, Montana. They farmed with Yost Farm Company until 1954. They moved back to Billings where she worked in the home and for the County as an election judge. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and baking and loved playing Bingo. After Richard passed away in 2006, she started volunteering at the Southside Senior Center, the Council on Aging, and the Northern Plains Resource Counsel. During the holidays, she helped at the Montana Rescue Mission serving meals. She was a former member of the Riverside Extension Club and member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Yost of Billings; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ed Wakefield of Mesquite, Nevada; and brother, Elmer Hilderman of Spokane, Washington along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; her sisters Olinda Eckhardt, Helen Eckhardt, Edna Sawacki, and brothers Raymond and Harold Hilderman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pilgrim Congregational Church, Southside Senior Center, or Riverstone Hospice Foundation.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th Street. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 1721 Central Avenue. Condolences may be shared at www.smithfuneralchapels.com.