April 12, 2000
Ruth E. Wade
Without music life would be a mistake.
Ruth E. Wade was born to Sidney and Winnifred Tucker in
N.D., on Jan. 1, 1916. The family moved near Turner, Mont., to
homestead. When the harsh weather drove the homesteaders out,
moved to Huntley Project, where they farmed and had a small dairy.
told stories of selling cream and eggs to residents of Billings
on the milk
Ruth met Gene W. Wade while attending Huntley Project High
After graduating, Ruth attended Billings Normal School and majored
music. Even though music remained a life-long passion, Gene persuaded
Ruth to attend Billings Business College, because a business
was more important. Ruth and Gene married on Oct. 16, 1938.
The couple decided to call Cooke City, Mont., home and started
family. They had two sons, Gene Jr. and Dennis. They built a
and cabins that became Watuck Lodge. Watuck, which many thought
an old Indian name was really a combination of the
names Wade and
Tucker. Running the lodge in those busy years, Ruth met many
became fast friends. As they added additional property, Ruth
business degree to good use. At one time they owned or operated:
Post Office, State Liquor Store, Hiland Saw Mill, Hiland Guide
Watuck Lodge. The properties were sold in 1970.
Ruth loved living surrounded by mountains. She enjoyed fishing,
playing the organ and singing. She and Gene continued to live
in Cooke City
until they moved to Billings in the fall of 1987. Ruth said,
We got tired of
chopping wood. Gene Sr. died in March 1993. The last few
Ruths life were not as she would have wanted them to be.
Her many years
in Cooke City with Gene were the happiest of her life, and she
people to remember her as she was in those days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sid and Winnie
husband, Gene W. Wade and brother, Ray Tucker. She is survived
sons and their families: son, Gene and Marilyn Wade of Billings,
granddaughter, Anne-Marie, grandson, Brian; son, Dennis and Susie
of Homer Alaska, granddaughters, Laralie and Winna. Other relatives
sister-in-law, Jackie Tucker, nephews, Steve Tucker, Mark Tucker
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held
at a later
date in May. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist
Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace, Cooke City, or the Yellowstone
River Parks Association. Smith Chapel is in charge of arrangements.