On November 8, 1915, David (father), Tacy (mother) and Lloyd (brother) welcomed Ruth Mabel Morley into the world. Born in Cashmere, the family spent most of her early years in central Washington. Later they moved to Rolling Bay on Bainbridge Island, where Ruth and her brother caught the mosquito fleet over to Seattle to attend the University of Washington during the 1930s.
Upon graduation, she taught in schools in Aberdeen and the Seattle area. Always an adventuresome woman (especially for the times), she taught in Shanghai and on Molokai during the mid 40s, before bicycling throughout Europe in the early 50s. Eventually she ended up moving to the territory of Alaska to teach in Anchorage.
After her father's death in 1973, she moved back to Rolling Bay to care for her aging mother.
Ruth moved from Manitou Beach to Christa Shores in Silverdale in the fall of 2000.
A deeply religious woman, Ruth "went home" on December 23, 2019. She was 104.
She will be missed by her nieces Lloydean Ricci and Lynn Morley, nephew Bruce (Judy) Morley and her nephew Max's widow Shari Morley, as well as numerous friends, including her close friends Bill, Carol and Laura Daugereau.
Per her wishes, her ashes will be spread from the Bainbridge ferry.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 12, 2020.