Ruth Lowell Sinclair passed away on July 16, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. Lowell was born October 15, 1931 in Casper to Clifton Lytle Lierd and Esther Katherine (Lowell) Lierd. She was an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientists. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1949, and from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1953, majoring in Fine Arts.
Upon graduating, she married Edwin James Hodder Jr in 1953. They then moved to Golden Colorado, where Ed worked on his Master’s, and Lowell taught Kindergarten. Her son Ned was born in Colorado, and after Ed graduated, they headed to Boston. Daughter Beth arrived at this time, which was quickly followed by a move to West Virginia where daughter Cecily was born. A few years later, Ed’s work sent them to Tokyo. Lowell and her family spent several years in Japan, then moved to Hong Kong. This created a thirst for travel that stayed with Lowell through the rest of her life.
In 1967, while visiting family back in the States, the communist Red Guard rioted in Hong Kong and Lowell decided to stay with the kids in Casper. As Ed remained in Asia, Lowell had to raise three kids on her own. She became a very successful real estate investor and eventually parlayed that into a successful stock investing career. She was also very active in the Wyoming Girl Scout Council and was involved with expanding Camp Sacajawea while serving as President. She loved singing with the Civic Chorale and in later years with the Senior Center group in Gillette.
Lowell always had a pet sharing her home and especially loved her many pugs. She was a wonderful knitter and was rarely seen without a project in her lap. When not knitting she enjoyed painting and sculpting classes at Casper College.
In 1982 Lowell married James H Sinclair and moved to Gillette Wyoming. They both loved to travel, flying overseas and RVing across North America. Jim passed away in 1996 and Lowell continued to travel, frequently with her dear friend and travel buddy Marie Ellis. On one trip, Lowell drove a car full of Global Grannies all over Italy. She loved meeting new people and seeing new places. No matter where she went, she always said she was a Wyoming girl at heart.
After a short time living in Salem Oregon she returned to Casper. Her last years were spent battling Alzheimer’s.
She was predeceased by her husband Jim Sinclair, her grandson, Joshua Lewis of Anchorage Alaska and her son-in-law, Ray Ellis of Salem Oregon. She is survived by her children, Ned Hodder (Susan), of Casper; Beth Puls (Terry), of Gillette; and Cecily Ellis, of Salem, Oregon; stepchildren KD Sinclair (Carlyle Telford), of Anchorage, AK and Jerry Sinclair, of Casper; and her grandchildren Clif Hodder(Cortnie), of Casper; Will Hodder(Youngsil), of Toronto, CA; Tom Hodder, of Casper; Amanda Gilbert(Greg), of Gillette; Colter Puls (Wendy), of Cheyenne; Ryker Puls, of Seattle Washington; Brenda Beer(Michael), of Simi Valley, California, Samantha Ellis, of Los Angeles, California; Jeremiah Lewis, of Anchorage, AK; Angela Lewis, of Kent, OH; Michelle Flannelly (Dan), of Alva, FL and Daniel Reinhard, of San Marcos, TX. She is survived by 9 great grandchildren.
No services will be held at this time.
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