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Ruth Maxwell Eubanks

June 17, 1925 — April 26, 2023

Ruth Maxwell Eubanks


Ruth Maxwell Eubanks was born in Riverton, Wyoming, on June 17, 1925, the second of identical twins. She passed away at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, Wyoming on April 26, 2023 at age 97. She was the daughter of William Hedgemen Maxwell and Verna Vinson Maxwell of Riverton, Wyoming. Cremation has taken place and memorial services for Ruth will be held at a later date. Interment will be at the Vacaville-Elmira California Cemetery next to her little son, James Maxwell Eubanks, who died of leukemia at age 6.

After graduating Riverton High School in 1943, she and her twin sister Ruby went to Denver, where they attended University of Denver. In 1946 she married Philip Eubanks of Denver. Philip was a school teacher and taught in Nebraska and Colorado before they eventually moved to Vacaville, California in 1955.

Ruth earned a master’s degree in education from Sacramento State University. She taught second grade in Vacaville and Benicia, California. She moved into school administration and worked as Director of Projects for the Vacaville Unified School District.

Ruth was a past member of Delta Phi Upsilon, Phi Delta Kappa, AAUW and ACSA. She was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Ruth was a great reader and usually read a book a week. She liked writing and wrote several short stories about growing up during the Depression. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and she had six certified Revolutionary ancestors. After retirement, Phil and Ruth lived in Vacaville, California; Riverton, Wyoming; and Powell, Wyoming.

Preceding her in death were her parents W.H. Maxwell and Verna Maxwell, her husband Philip M. Eubanks Sr., her brother Oren Maxwell, her sister Ruby Stowe and her beloved son, James M. Eubanks.

She is survived by sons Philip M. Eubanks Jr. (Sandy) of Cody, Wyoming; Timothy W. Eubanks of Reno, Nevada; and Jon Eubanks (Amber); daughter Kathleen Palazzolo (Frank) of Powell, Wyoming; 10 grandchildren: James P Eubanks, Kevin Eubanks, Rachel Eubanks, Jason Young, Heather Harrison, Brian Eubanks, Amanda Eubanks, Chanda Lipsmeyer, Kaycee Eubanks and Sage Eubanks. Great-grandchildren include Nathan, Kayde, Faith Eubanks, Gabrielle, Chandler, Andrew Harrison, Samuel Young, Josie Lipsmeyer, Great-Great-grandchildren include Havyn Young; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Socie

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