Ruth Devon Tanton

Ruth Devon Tanton, 83, of Springfield, Ore., passed away on Dec. 8, 2020. Devon was born on May 18, 1930 in Elko, Nevada to parents Reginald R. and Ruth (Kelley) Keirnes. 

She married David Tanton on June 9, 1955. Throughout her life, Devon worked as a model and seamstress at Jantzen, often designing her own clothing, as well as a hotel manager and owner. 

Devon enjoyed landscaping, ceramics, and was a talented, award-winning artist. She was also a lifelong animal-lover. 

Devon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

Devon is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David; daughter Debbie Helquist; and son Karey Tanton. She is survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

A graveside service was held Friday, Dec. 18 at Sunset Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery.



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