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Ruth M. Hurst

March 20, 1928 – June 29, 2013

Gates – Ruth, 85, died June 29 in Gates. She was born in Jefferson. Ruth’s family homesteaded to the Lyons-Mill City area and she attended Fox Valley grade school for 8 years. She lived throughout the valley including Scio, Mill City and has lived in Gates since 1985.

Ruth was a member of Living Waters Church of God in Gates. She worked as a wild horse wrangler, cut timber with a crosscut saw, and raised many foster children. Later, she worked in the church in many areas including piano and organist player. Ruth enjoyed horseback riding and reading. She married Don Hurst on June 3, 1954 in Waterloo.

Ruth is survived by husband: Don of Gates; children: Marilyn Booker of Gates, Virgil (Annette) Hurst of Dallas, John Hurst of Salem and Robert (Melissa) Hurst of West Salem; brother: Herbert Hutchinson of Molalla; sister: Marie Callicot of Springfield; 8 – grandchildren; 16 – great-grandchildren; and 4 – great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 sister and 3 brothers.

A memorial service will be Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 am at Gates Community Church of Christ in Gates, potluck reception following. Contributions may be made to the Living Waters Church of God in Gates. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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