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Ruth Garner passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 22, from complications from diabetes and heart failure. She was 67.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and caregiver to many friends.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Howard Garner, of Lake Stevens, WA; her daughter, Amy Persell and her husband, Kevin and their two daughters, Emily and Hailey, of Monroe, WA; her son, Matthew Garner, of Lake Stevens; her son, Andrew Garner and his wife, Jaime Freeman and their son, Brennan, of Edmonds, WA. Her greatest joys in her life were her children and grandchildren.
Ruth's parents, James Neil and Lois Healy, and her only sibling, Jim Healy, of Alton, Illinois, preceded her in death.
Ruth is also survived by five siblings of Howard, her brother's wife, and many loving nieces and nephews and their children.
Ruth lived a life of helping and giving to others while constantly using her creativity. After graduating with honors from Washington University (St. Louis) and Barnes Hospital, she spent several years as an in-charge nurse assigned to the astronauts in the Gemini Space program and then as a surgical nurse for a renowned eye doctor.
Though retired from nursing and raising a family, she still found the time to work as a interior fashion director at the World Trade Center in Dallas and then used her many talents to lead the Children's Ministries at San Marino Community Church in southern California.
The family relocated to the northwest almost 25 years ago and Ruth turned her talents as an interior decorator in Port Townsend, WA, owning and operating stores there and in Sequim. She was successful enough to have five different articles published about her homes in magazines published across the nation.
After retiring from the retail business, Ruth began one of her most satisfying endeavors by becoming a Guardian ad Litem to protect the interests of children. He volunteer work continued for over ten years and she was recognized by Gov. Locke, who appointed her to the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Ruth never stopped working to make other people's lives better. After full retirement to deal with her medical issues, Ruth took on a leadership role as a board member of her community association. Ruth will be missed by her many relatives, friends and the people whom she worked so hard to protect.
If you would like to continue Ruth's work, please make a donation to The
or volunteer in her name.
Services will start with a fellowship hour at 4:00 p.m. and a service at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy, at 1702 Pacific Avenue in Everett.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2010