Ruth Elizabeth Hanson

1922 - 2012

Ruth Hanson of Walla Walla passed away at her home
Dec. 1, 2012. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother,
great grandmother, special aunt and amazing writer. She
was born in Baker City, Oregon, on Feb. 25, 1922 to Carl
and Grace Silven. After graduating from Whitman College
in 1944, she began her teaching career in Battle Ground,
Washington. Ruth married Franklin B. "Pete" Hanson in
1946 and moved back to Walla Walla. After a break for
children, she resumed teaching English at Walla Walla
High School and later Spanish at Pioneer.
Ruth was very active in the Walla Walla community
that she loved. She was a life member of Alpha Chi Omega
Sorority, Whitman Alumni, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
She enjoyed her time with Bridge Club, El Trueco, Retired
Teachers Association, Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club,
Walla Walla Country Club, PEO, the extended "Whitman"
family and Tai Chi. Her special talent for writing was often
called upon. Throughout her life Ruth was generous with
friends and community organizations. Although Ruth
preferred to be in the background, she was pleased and
humbled to receive the Chamber Award of Merit in 2003.
Ruth loved a garden of roses nurtured by her husband
Pete. There was always a rosebud on the kitchen table. Ruth
was fortunate to spend her 90th birthday, last February,
with over 50 relatives.
Ruth loved spending time with her family and time at
the Oregon beach. She was strong in faith and convictions.
She will be missed, but the impact of her life on so many
people will remain and be remembered.
Ruth is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren,
15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She has three daughters and one son: Dr. Karen Hanson
of Walla Walla, Kathy (Hugh) McEachen of Basin City,
WA, Jeanie (Fritz) Wolff of Spokane, WA, and Franklin
(Cydney) Hanson of La Push, WA. She was preceeded in
death by her parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and her husband
of 59 years.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 15th at 1:00
p.m. at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.,
Walla Walla, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the St. Paul's Endowment Fund, Fort Walla
Walla Museum, or the donor's choice all through the
Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 West Alder, Walla
Walla, WA 99362. Family and friends are invited to sign the
online guest book at

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