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Our Staff

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President & Owner

In 2013, Bobbie Ruth and Bill Langley 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.

In 2017, Bobbie Ruth assumed full owership of Life Cycle when the couple divorced. (They remain very good friends, and Bill still provides assistance transporting pets as well as advice regarding the facility.)

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, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Professional Network.


Elizabeth Zimmerman

Pet After-Care Specialist

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in psychology in 2014, during which she was a research assistant. Upon graduation, she was employed as a mental health crisis clinician in North Eastern Pennsylvania.

She has raised many animals including dogs, cats, smaller mammals, fish, and reptiles.

Elizabeth enjoys combining her love of animals and her passion for helping others at Life Cycle.

She earned her Certified Pet Crematory Operator designation from IAOPCC and CANA in October 2017.


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Tatiana Langley

Facility Assistant

Tatiana plays a key role 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 2017 graduate of Sehome High School. During her senior year she participated in the Veterinary Assistant Program at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy.


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William A. Langley

VP Emeritus

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.

From 2013 – 2017 Bill was Vice President and Co-Owner of Life Cycle and oversaw building alterations, equipment installation and vehicle maintenance. In 2017 Bill and Bobbie Ruth divorced and Bobbie Ruth assumed full ownership. Bill and Bobbie Ruth remain good friends, and Bill continues to support Life Cycle by transporting pets and providing advice regarding the facility.

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.

Bobbie Ruth is deeply grateful for his continued friendship and support of Life Cycle.


Spike, Butterscotch (“Scotch”), Beatrice and Ty

Office Greeters

Spike (Chinese Crested / Chihuahua), Scotch (Lhasa Apso), Beatrice (Staffordsire Terrier) and Ty (Minature Pincher) can often be found in the Life Cycle office, especially during morning hours, ready to greet visitors 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’s facility.