Written by The Herald-News
Pamela Cheri Ruffing, 44, of Scobey, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
She was born June 11, 1969, in Roseburg, Ore., to Daniel Boone and Ruby (Hatmaker) Boone-Wagner and was welcomed by her brother, Robert Boone. At the age of eight, she moved to Idaho. In 1987, she graduated from Gooding High School while working various jobs.
She married Tobey Connell in 1988. To that union, two children were born, Ethan in 1989 and Shayna in 1992. Tobey was killed in an accident in 1993.
She met and married Slade Ruffing in 1997 and, to that union, Piper was born in 2005. The family moved to Wolf Point, Mont., in 2000. She worked many jobs in the Wolf Point community before being diagnosed with cancer in July 2010. She didn’t let it get her down and fought it with all she had. Between treatments, she traveled with her family to Idaho and Disney World in 2011 and Oregon in 2012 and Las Vegas and Idaho in 2013.
Pam had many friends.
She was preceded in death by Tobey Connell; grandparents, Daniel Webster and Maude Elizabeth Boone; two aunts; and two uncles.
She is survived by husband, Slade Ruffing of Scobey, Mont.; son, Ethan Connell; daughters, Shayna Connell and Piper Ruffing; her father, Daniel Boone (Sherry) of Rio Rancho, N.M.; her mother, Ruby Wagner (Brice) of Port Orford, Ore.; brothers, Robert (Stacey) Boone of Caldwell, Idaho, and JR (Lisa) Lackner of Litchfield, Maine; grandparents, Ernest and Inez Hatmaker of Langlois, Ore.; numerous aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, numerous in-laws and outlaws.
Services were held at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Wolf Point.