With heavy hearts and deep sadness we announce the passing of Lee Ruth Krieg, faithful friend and colleague of Upbring and Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS). Lee Ruth passed away the evening of July 20, 2015, after a short and valiant battle with cancer.
Lee Ruth Krieg joined the LSS/Upbring Board of Directors in January 2010. In addition to her five years of service on the board, she was a dedicated volunteer with all of Upbring’s Lubbock programs, including Neighborhood House, Health for Friends Clinic, and on behalf of our Foster In Texas program. Additionally, she was the longstanding Chair of our annual Lubbock-area Spring Fling fundraiser.
“Lee Ruth exemplified compassion and love for us,” said Upbring Board Chair, Joel Reed. “Her contributions to our Upbring Board of Directors and to the Lubbock community set the bar which we all strive to reach. For those of us that had the privilege of calling her “friend”, we were humbled by her fine example of caring for others. On behalf of the Board of Directors we send our prayers and condolences to her family.”
As a longtime community volunteer extraordinaire, Lee Ruth was involved in numerous roles in the Lubbock area, including: President of American Lutheran Church Women, President of the Volunteer Network of the Lutheran Home of West Texas, and Chair of the Lubbock Branch of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Lee Ruth has a history of leadership with the Caprock Girl Scout Council and Texas Girl Scout Legislative Cabinet. She was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Caprock Girl Scout Council and served the PTA in many capacities as a parent volunteer for 14 years. Lee Ruth held a B.A. from Rice University.
“We will all miss working with Lee Ruth and enjoying her energy and tireless spirit,” said Dr. Kurt Senske, President and Chief Executive Officer of Upbring. “We rejoice in the knowledge that she is no longer suffering and is now with our Lord and Savior.”
Everyone at Upbring extends peace and blessings to Lee Ruth’s two daughters and family members.