Ruth Hafen Squire

Ruth Hafen Squire, 99, St. George, Utah, passed away on May 7, 2021, surrounded by her family. Ruth was born on March 16, 1922, in the family home on Tabernacle Street to Arthur Knight and Orilla Woods Hafen. Ruth married Phil E. Squire on March 24, 1943, in the St. George Temple.

Ruth was the seventh of fourteen children. She made lifelong friends in the first grade with eight girls known as the ADQ Club. Ruth served faithfully in her callings in Primary, Young Women’s, and Relief Society as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her first job was a ticket taker at the Gaiety Theater and then later she was a telephone operator. Once her children were grown, she went back to work as a receptionist at Dr. Cox’s orthodontic office, and she also worked as a switchboard operator at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Ruth was an original member of the Literary Arts Club and later was honored by the club as an “Orchid Lady”.

Her greatest talent was bringing the family together whether it was with her own children, her siblings, or Phil’s brothers and sisters, she loved being with them always.

Ruth traveled to Switzerland, Africa, Alaska, Branson, Missouri, Hawaii, and a lot of the continental United States. Several of these trips were with her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Don) Andrus, Orem Utah, Phyllis (Steven) Snow, St. George, Utah, Jan Hafen (Beverly) Squire, Ivins, Utah, Sharlene (Richard) Williams, St. George, Utah, and Ameila Ann (Michael) Herder, St. George, Utah. Ruth is also survived by her 17 grandchildren, 45 great grand-children, and one great great granddaughter. Her brothers, Eldon (Maxine) Hafen, Kelton (Peggy) Hafen, sister Erma Harris and sister-in-law Sharon Hafen.

Ruth was preceded in death by parents Arthur Knight and Orilla Woods Hafen, her husband Phil E. Squire, grandson Landon Williams, brothers Kay, Ferrel, Herschel, Harold, Linford, Kenneth, and Donald, sisters Carma Staheli, Ada Neilson, and LeNora Hobbs.

The family would like to express thanks to Red Cliffs Health and Rehab CNA’s and Nurses. Also, thanks to Dr. Howard Chamberlain and Sun Tree Hospice, especially Sonny Saxon, who took exceptional care of our mother.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 am at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

Funeral Service is on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah followed by Interment in the St. George Cemetery, 650 E Tabernacle Street, St. George, Utah.

Friends and family that are unable to attend are invited to view the services online by clicking on the link below:

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Ruth’s online guest book at



9:00 – 10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 pm
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle Street
St. George, Utah 84770

Guest Book

32 Responses

  1. How we Fish children love “Aunt” Ruth and “Uncle” Phil. They were like a 2nd set of parents to us when we moved from Toquerville to St. George following our father’s death in 1956. Their children are like our own siblings. Bonnie calls us all the “Squishes”. . . .
    Our love to the entire family.
    The circle of life continues. . . . . . .
    Ashley and Marie Bennett Fish – Heber City, Utah

  2. Aunt Ruth was a very warm and loving person in our lives. As we lived on flood street , just next door to them , she and Uncle Phil played very important parts in our young lives. She was just as important to nurturing us as our own mother. Countless times when Phyllis and I would be playing with our dolls outside she would bring little sandwiches and kool aid out to us and she would sit and join us. I loved her so much and will miss seeing her for awhile.
    Our love is with all of you, her family as you move forward without her. God bless you always!

  3. Gloria and I send our Love. We are so elated to call your family “Friends” What an amazing Legacy Ruth leaves behind. As Jan and I visited on the phone the other afternoon when he calle to let me know of his Mom’s passing, we could not help but talk about the amazing Reunion that is going on just on the other side of the Veil. I am certain that Brother Phil was overjoyed to once again embrace his Sweetheart. Phil and Ruth truly embody Christlike Love to all they knew. I will forever treasure the association that I have with this Wonderful Family. We love you all.

  4. We are going to miss visiting with her when we come into town. She always made us feel special. We loved chatting with her and listening to her stories. She will be missed. Each and every day.

  5. Such a great lady in the family. She was ways wonderful to me. Always looked up to this family and how they live their life.

  6. Hugs and prayers to the family. Aunt Ruth was so kind and loving whenever we would visit St George. I love the thought of her embracing my grandma Lenore!

  7. Dear Jan, Bonnie, Sharlene and family,
    Your mom was such a beautiful, kind lady. I always enjoyed seeing her beautiful smile. Your mom and dad are part of my finest memories of growing up in our awesome 7th ward. May God wrap his loving arms around you with comfort during this difficult time. Love to all.❤️

  8. Oh how we loved our sweet sister and aunt! She was always such a positive influence on all of us! She was always interested in our children and what they were doing! It felt like we were going home each time we visited . We will miss her. She certainly graduated with high honors❤️❤️

  9. Sorry to hear about your mother Phyllis I send all my love to you and Steve may the Lord bless you and your family

  10. We are so sorry for your great loss. Ruth was such a special person, close friend, and wonderful neighbor. We will really miss her, but are glad she is finally reunited with Phil.

  11. Ruth will be missed by many more than anyone knows. She was such a role model to many of us. What a wonderful, elect lady.

  12. We have such fond memories of Sister Squire and will be forever grateful for knowing her. She was such a wonderful example to all. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
    Gaylene and Kent Hammond.

  13. I’m thankful for all the wonderful memories and special times at Aunt Ruth’s house with some of my favorite cousins. It was so much fun to be there, and I was always welcomed with open arms. My love and prayers are sent your way, and it makes me smile to see Uncle Phil and Aunt Ruth holding hands again. I love you all so very much.

  14. Phyllis and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mother was a beautiful lady in side and out. May the lord comfort you in your time of loss.
    Sincerely, Lynda Jones Jensen

  15. Sharlene and family,
    So sorry for your loss! Your mother is a wonderful lady! She comes from an amazing family and raised one too! We always joked that she and my mother looked so much alike that people would often get them mixed up. She will be missed!
    With deep sympathy,
    Trish Mecham

  16. Dear SweetCousins: I know your heartache and loss only too well. I send my love and support and continued prayers to all of you as you grieve your Mom’s (Aunt Ruth) ,passing. As I said earlier in my text, the reunion in heaven is so glorious as the Angeles delivered your Mom swiftly and softly to eternity. Hugs and Kisses to all of you, Janet and family💕🙏

  17. I feel like this is an end of an era – an era that has been so important to me. The example of love and friendship among the Hafen siblings has been an amazing thing to watch. I love Aunt Ruth so much and will sorely miss the visits we had. She was always so interested in our family and showed us she cared in many ways. Every time I make enchiladas on a bed of lettuce I remember her making that for us and eating in her dining room. I love you all and will be thinking of you today.

  18. Dear Squire Family,
    You are blessed to have such amazing parents!! I don’t know of anyone who didn’t love them!! It is a great loss, but I can hear the laughter and joy coming from this wonderful reunion!! Sure love all of you, and the example you have been to my family! Phil and Ruth will always be special to us! Incredible people!! Sorry I can’t be in attendance! Love you tons!

  19. Ruth was a wonderful friend. She was so much fun to know and visit with. She will be missed but oh how happy she and Phil and the rest of the family must be right now at their reunion.

  20. Ruth is one of the finest and friendliest people upon the face of the earth! I loved her smile, the twinkle in her eyes and her remembering my name and things I have interest in. She would even make me aware of upcoming events which I might like. She has the strongest moral character and is totally committed to Jesus Christ. My Love to all in the family

  21. Carma, Ada and Ruth The stories told by these Sisters will keep Heaven entertained for ever …

  22. Dear Ann and family,
    Though I did not know your mom, I knew of her because of her wonderful children, grandchildren, neices, and nephews. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as you say your earthly good-byes. You have a remarkable legacy!
    Joni Flandro

  23. Thank you for streaming the services. My mother Dawn and I watched it. We laughed and cried with you. A beautiful service for a beautiful Lady!

  24. I will always cherish the visits that Ruth and I had. She was so kind and interested in others. It was wonderful living in the same ward with Ruth and Phil. Such a pure and kind couple who radiated devotion to each other. May all the family be comforted and blessed knowing how much we all love them both!

  25. I am sorry about the passing of your lovely mother. She raised a wonderful family. She is always so friendly and thoughtful. She will be missed

  26. Dear Phyllis & Steven, We recently learned of the passing of Phyllis’ mother, Ruth Hafen Squire, for which we offer our condolences. We remember her fondly from our years at the St. George Temple and know of her goodness.

  27. Phyllis I was just looking for pictures of your father on the internet to see if one of the people standing with my dad in a picture was your dad, I don’t believe it is, however, I saw that your mother had passed away at 99. We sure had some wonderful parents and they all lived long wonderful lives. My mom and dad both passed away at 94. It is still hard to lose them and I am constantly thinking I sure wish dad was here so I could ask him, i.e. who is the picture with him, but even more important things that I wish I had asked years ago. Hope you and Steve are doing Well.

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