Ruth DiFrancesco passed away peacefully May 24, 2010 of causes incident to age. Born July 21, 1924 in Burley, Idaho, to Alice Gransbury and Charles Olson. Married Alexander DiFrancesco on June 4, 1942; later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.\n\nRuth became a pilot at a young age and ferried planes for the military. She attended college and became a nurse. After marriage Ruth started a business on her own, Doctors Professional Exchange answering service, which she ran for many years. While she owned communications resources she gave to the community by starting Suicide Prevention Center in Salt Lake to counsel people contemplating suicide. She wrote the manual, trained volunteers and saved many lives. She received a Presidential Commendation from President Nixon, and started suicide prevention week with SLC Mayor Jake Garn. She also started the S.T.E.P program (Service To Elderly People) that called shut-ins daily to check on their welfare.\n\nShe was a "doer" and accomplished a lot in this life. She was very well read and studied everything, but her greatest success was being a supportive wife and loving mother. She always said she had a 60 year love affair with her husband. She was an active member of the LDS church her entire life, sent four sons on missions, and served in many callings. She had a very strong unwavering faith in Christ, and acted on it.\n\nShe is survived by her six children, David (Marilyn), Marc (Karen), Candace (Craig Kilgrow), Paul (Moana), Dallas (Sallie) and Darian; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sister Fern Voss. Preceded in death by her husband, Alexander; five brothers; and two sisters.\n\nFriends and family are invited to attend a viewing at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary (4760 South State St.) on Thursday May 27, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. or Friday May 28, 2010 10 a.m., before funeral services at 11:00 a.m., also at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary. Interment to follow at Murray City Cemetery.