Ruth was born in Bellingham, WA, U.S.A, the first daughter of Rebecca Laura and L.G. Stanbra. She graduated from Friday Harbor High School after moving with her family to San Juan Island. She married Gene Wilson in 1942.
After barely surviving a terrible boat fire, which resulted in the untimely death of her young husband, Ruth went on to graduate from Seattle Pacific College and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Seattle. She then went on to do mission support work in Asia with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Overseas Missionary Fellowship before founding The Juniper Tree. Ruth’s ministry was appreciated by thousands of Christian workers from all over Asia. Hebrews 6 v 10 is so applicable to her life and ministry.
Ruth passed away in the U.S.A. on January 27, 2008 at the age of 86.