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Ruth Abbott Remsen, 83, of Richland, Wash., a former Richland, Ore., resident, died April 8, 2005, in the company of her daughter.
Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Island City Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Malheur County, near Weiser, Idaho, to Isaiah and Nannie May Wade Abbott. Ruth was one of 11 children.
Ruth and her husband, Mearl F. “Mick” Remsen, were married on July 7, 1942. After the war, the family moved to Lakeview, where they lived for 12 years. They later moved to La Grande, where they lived for 18 years, and then to Richland, Ore., for 14 years.
They also spent some time in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. After her husband’s death in 1999, Ruth moved to Boise, and subsequently to Richland, Wash., to be near her youngest daughter, Geri.
Ruth had a zest for life and loved to garden. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and working with ceramics. She was a longtime supporter of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and other youth organizations that helped build character in young people.
Survivors include her twin brother, Ralph Abbott, of Richland, Ore.; three children, Micki Vandenburg of Kamiah, Idaho, George Remsen of Lansing, Kan., and Geri Robinson of Richland, Wash.; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mearl F. Remsen; three brothers; and six sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 29, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor