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Grandparents Build Playground in Children's Memory

Legacy.com / Nick Ehrhardt

Grandparents Build Playground in Children's Memory

The March 22 landslide in Oso, Washington, left 43 people dead, including two young boys: Wyatt Ruthven and Hunter Ruthven. To honor the boys' memories, their grandparents built a playground in nearby Arlington so that other children would be able to have fun. The boys' maternal grandparents, Karen and Tom Psonka, whose daughter Katie Ruthven and her husband, Shane Ruthven, also died in the landslide, led fundraising efforts for the playground, which opened in early September.

Wyatt and Hunter are memorialized on a bench at the site, so their names and faces will be a part of the playground for as long as children visit it. Tom Psonka told KOMO News, "For me it's all about memory. I always believe that the more people remember, the more they stay alive within us. So this is our way of keeping Hunter, Wyatt's and all our family’s memories."