Ruth Virginia (Burton) Amdor


Ruth Virginia (Burton) Amdor


Ruth Virginia (Burton) Amdor, 86, of Billings, formerly of Roundup, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. She was born on Feb. 16, 1933, to Clyde Burton and Lorene McLean Burton.

Ruth was very active in the Roundup community, attending school and sports activities with her camera in hand for every event. Ruth and Bill Amdor ran Van Dykes Supermarket for 30-plus years. They also founded the Teen Center, where many high school kids in Roundup spent their weekends. After retirement, she spent every waking hour working in her yard on her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Amdor and granddaughter, Shae Amdor; son, Steve (Abi) Amdor and granddaughters, Stephanie and Sophia; and sister, Pauline Powers. She is preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Kuykendall, and daughter, Debbie Amdor.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Graveside services will be held in the Roundup Cemetery, with a reception to follow in the basement of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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12 thoughts on “Ruth Virginia (Burton) Amdor”

  1. Doreen Kowalski-Anhorn

    Ruth was a kind and beautiful woman. She made such a positive impact on the lives of so many. I always finished a visit with her with a smile on my face and a good feeling in my heart.

    Deepest condolences to Diane, Steve and their families.

  2. Tina Shields (Butterfield)

    Ruth was one of a kind. She understood the importance of treating everyone equally and always did so. Her kindness and strength will stay with me always……if it wasn’t for Ruth, many of us would not have pictures of all the growing up years in Roundup. She took pictures of everything….while it may be the norm now, it wasn’t then. Thankful to her for the many rolls of film she shot on all of us Roundup 1980-something kids….those memories are priceless. Rest easy, Ruthy. Keep my dad company. He’ll be glad to see you.

  3. Ruth was such a great lady. The first thing I thought of when I heard she had passed away was opening letters from her with pictures of my girls she had taken at school and had taken the time to send to me. Loved running into her at Ganains, Rest in Peace, Ruth. Prayers to her family.

  4. Rose Emily (Heine) Blum

    Ruth was wonderful. She was so very sweet. I enjoyed seeing her in Billings after she moved away from Roundup. When I was growing up here in the Roundup area, I had very little social skill & was very shy. I always felt awkward but Ruth was one of the special people in our town who I was always happy to see. Thank You Ruth. Rest in Peace.

  5. lspearespearelawcom

    Diane, Steve and families:

    It saddened me, my siblings, and our mom to read of the passing of the wonderful woman you had the privilege of calling “mom.” I last saw your mom in the aisles of Target. We had a nice chat as always and she, of course, wanted updates on my kids, my mom and my siblings and families.

    We will be in Boise at graduation for Paul’s daughter so will be unable to attend the celebration of Ruth’s life. We will be thinking of all of you.

    I especially enjoyed visiting with your mom during the years she was caring for the plants and flowers at Gainan’s. Mostly though, I appreciate being one of the many lucky kids in Roundup your folks quietly helped out in various ways over years of growing up there. Your mom’s quiet support of students, without accolades or fanfare, inspires me. Everyone who knew your mom can strive to emulate her acts of kindness and generosity as well as her work ethic and resiliency.

    “To leave the world a bit better…[t]o know one person has breathed easier because you have lived. This is success.” (Emerson, R.W.)

    Steve, Diane, and families: Please know that the Rodeghiero families are thinking of you during this sad time.

    Beautiful gardens somewhere wonderful are being better tended now with your mom among the caretakers.

    Ruth was a gem. She will be missed.

    Lisa Speare and families

  6. I was fortunate to have crossed paths with Ruth last week at lunch. We had a very nice talk. Such a kind and sweet woman. Condolences to all her family and friends.

  7. I had the pleasure of working with Ruth many years ago when she sold her home in the Heights and moved. I always loved seeing her at Gainans, enjoying the flowers she loved so much. Condolences to you all, what a sweet and loving lady. Trina White

  8. Wonderful Ruth was my neighbor next door in the 60’s. She was such a wonderful lady as a child when we lived next door. I was also fortunate enough to enjoy our meetings when I was older and living in Billings. Such a talented florist and giving person. Peace of Christ Ruth. Diane and Steve, so sorry for your family’s loss.

  9. I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth when we worked together at the Gainan’s downtown store. What a wonderful, sweet lady she was. If I had any questions on any plant, she was so knowledgeable about everything. To see her every day was a great way to start the work day with her beautiful smile. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  10. Paulette and Dan Ramsey

    Diane, Steve and families, we are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. She was a very special, kind person. Thoughts and prayers for you at this time of loss.

  11. Sorry for your loss. I remember at a young age going into Van Dykes grocery store, Ruth was always very helpful and kind, (like a second mother.) A few years ago we became friends on social media, Ruth always enjoyed seeing pictures from our garden as well as my paintings.

  12. Ruth was my neighbors. She was a sweet lady. I remember helping her in her beautiful garden and shoveling snow off her drive way.

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