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Ruth V. Richardson
February 15, 1921 – September 29, 2009


Stayton – Ruth, 88, died Tuesday in Salem. She was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up on a farm near Whittemore, Michigan, her parents had immigrated from Hungary in the early 1900’s. Bringing 3 babies, they birthed 3 more in the states, 3 were deceased in Hungary.

Married at the age of seventeen to Henry E. Richardson, deceased 2001, they celebrated with a chicken dinner, a spice-nut-cake, prepared by Bessie Richardson, Henry’s Mother, and a movie.

At age forty nine they moved to Rochester, NY where there was work. In 1966 a move to California came due to the harsh previous winter on Henry’s health. In Fresno, CA., where they settled, Ruth worked as a supervisor in accounting for the Fresno Housing Authority. They moved to Oregon in 1977 and resided in Stayton since 1979.

Ruth has been an advocate for life-long learning, skilled at understanding numbers, organization, maps and languages, she was an avid reader, liked to sew and cook, was interested in words and collected stamps.

Having a natural sense of music, she “played by ear” the harmonica, accordion, guitar, piano/organ and loved to sing.

She was a devout Christian belonging to the United Methodist Church most of her life. She cared deeply about people, animals and the world conditions – God’s creation was her joy.  Ruth is survived by sister: Ann Centola of Rochester, NY; four children: Helen Dennis of Sun Valley, NV,  James Richardson of Holly, NY, Lawrence Richardson of Albion, NY, and Arlene Williamson of Hayward, CA; 14 –Grandchildren; 24 - Great-grandchildren; 7 – great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service, presided over by Reverend Lura Kidner-Miesen will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton. Light refreshments following at Stayton United Methodist Church 1450 Fern Ridge Rd. Stayton, Oregon. Serving the family North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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