Ruth Muir Gardner
Ruth Muir Gardner was a lyricist and composer of many hymns known to members of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints.
She wrote the words to the well-loved song “Families Can Be Together Forever” (#300). She also wrote Go Forth with Faith” (#263), which is included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her husband, Lyall, composed this hymn.
She also wrote “I Believe in Being Honest,” “To Be a Pioneer,” “We Welcome You,” and “Go the Second Mile,” which are included in the Children's Songbook.
Ruth was born on June 7, 1927. She graduated from the University of Utah and was a specialist in children's music. For over 20 years she participated in the Workshop for Church Music at Brigham Young University instructing in the children's music section. For many years she taught private piano lessons in her home. She also served as chairman of a private kindergarten and as a PTA president. Her poems, stories, songs, and programs were published by the Primary Association.
She died on September 1, 1999. She and her husband were the parents of four children.