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Our Family

BobbieRuth2Web_250X336Bobbie Ruth Langley

Co-Owner and President

In 2013, Bobbie Ruth and her husband Bill founded Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc. (see Our Company for the full story). In preparation, the couple traveled to Kansas City, MO where they trained with Steve Rohleder of Therm-Tec and Pet Cremation Services (PCS). In addition, Bobbie Ruth travelled to Rochester, NY where she worked with the staff of Pets at Peace by Harris Funeral Home.

Bobbie Ruth is an International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) Registered Pet Funeral Director, Certified Pet Bereavement Specialist II, and Certified Pet Crematory Operator. She is also a Therm-Tec Certified Crematory Operator.

Directing the day-to-day operations for Life Cycle Pet Cremation allows Bobbie Ruth to combine her love and respect for pets and the people who love them with her varied education and professional background.

Bobbie Ruth earned a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She spent her junior year of college studying and working in Milan, Italy. From 1992-1994 Bobbie Ruth was a full-time student working toward a Masters of Divinity at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, IL. She interned at churches in Oak Park, IL and St. Louis, MO, helping children, elderly and disabled shut-ins, terminally ill persons, and survivors of loss. Ultimately Bobbie Ruth realized that ministry was not the right path for her, and she left the University of Chicago prior to earning a degree. However, she took with her a keen interest in the topic of grief — the actual timelines of grief, the vastly different ways in which humans grieve, and how this information can help individuals and families move through the grief process with compassion for each other and themselves.

From 2006 to the present, Bobbie Ruth has served as owner and manager of The Placid Pet, Inc. (dba Placid Pets) a pet care organization that at its peak employed 13 pet care providers and actively cared for more than 350 pets across 200 households. Bobbie Ruth has personally provided care for hundreds of animals, earning the trust of pet owners across Whatcom County. Most mornings Bobbie Ruth can still be found hiking with client dogs on local trails.

Bobbie Ruth has served as a case manager for the Alternative Humane Society of Whatcom County (AHS)and Happy Tails, Happy Homes (HTHH). She and her family have fostered more than 60 dogs and puppies. Bobbie Ruth and her daughter Tatiana regularly volunteer at the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) Horse Shelter/Farm. Bobbie Ruth also volunteers as a facilitator for the WHS Pet Loss Support Group.

Bobbie Ruth is a member of the Whatcom Women’s Network.


William A. Langley

Co-Owner and Vice President

Bill was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (majoring in Architecture) from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. He is a licensed architect, registered in Washington, California, Tennessee, Texas and Alaska.

From 2005 to the present Bill has worked for Fisher Construction Group/FSI Architects in Burlington, WA as a Senior Project Architect specializing in industrial freezer design.

In addition to his responsibilities as co-owner and Vice President of Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Bill is also in charge of building alterations, equipment installation and vehicle maintenance.

A hobby woodworker, Bill designed and constructed all key elements for the Life Cycle facility including the lovely walnut raw-edge table that is the centerpiece of the Reflection Room.

Bill has a deep, long-standing, personal interest in wildlife conservation, and holds the rank of Master Hunter for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He is an IAOPCC Certified Pet Crematory Operator, and a Therm-Tec Certified Crematory Operator.


Tatiana Langley

Facility Assistant

Tatiana plays a key role in the family’s business as both office/shop assistant and driver.

She is an experienced equestrian, fully versed in the care of horses. Along with her mom, Bobbie Ruth, Tatiana regularly volunteers at the WHS Horse Shelter/Farm. She also is highly experienced in the care of cats and dogs, including litters of foster puppies.

Tatiana is a senior at Sehome High School. She is also enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant Program at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy.

Ashley Adams

Office Assistant

Ashley joined Life Cycle in December 2016. She is an important member of the staff, who often provides support during the last few hours of the work day when things get busy at Life Cycle.

Ashley has had a life-long passion for animals (including her current pet, a cat named Amber) and feels very empathetic for all who have lost their pets.

She s a graduate of the Communications program at Western Washington University and has a history of participating in clubs, event planning, student teaching and leadership activities.

Beatrice & Ty Langley


Beatrice (Staffordsire Terrier) and Ty (Minature Pincher) can often be found in the Life Cycle office, ready to greet any visitor with barks, whines, wags and smiles. Sometimes goofy, and often empathetic, these canines play a very important role in making visitors feel more at ease when visiting Life Cycle for the first time.