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Ruth Evelyn (Wilson) Shaff
Ruth Evelyn (Wilson) Shaff of Everett, WA, departed this life to be with the Lord Jesus on July 9, 2018 at the age of 99. She was born on April 2, 1919, near Great Bend, Kansas, to Joseph Hatton and Edith Melvina (Lusk) Wilson, and died in an Edmonds, WA hospital after just an overnight stay.
The family moved to Thorp, WA in 1932 and homesteaded on the east slope of the Kittitas Valley. Ruth graduated from Kittitas High School in 1937 and attended Central Washington College of Education to become a teacher, retiring after nearly 30 years in the Tacoma Public Schools.
She met her husband Don Shaff while at college and was married in Ellensburg in 1941. They raised their two boys, Jerald Allen (Jerry) and Norman John, in the Tacoma area. When the boys were grown, Ruth and Don moved to Gig Harbor. When Don died in 1990, Ruth moved to Everett where she lived for the last 28 years.
Ruth was a life member of the Methodist Church and was an avid genealogist. She traced her family history several centuries to the colonial days of our country and became an active member in the Daughters of the American Colonists and belonged to the Magna Charta Society.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don Shaff, both sons Jerald (Jerry) and Norman (John); siblings Melville (Mel) Newton Wilson, Edna Thorleifson, Joseph Morris Wilson, Jeff Darus Wilson, and Grace Hughes.
She is survived by her sister Brenda (Wilson) O'Neil of Omak, WA and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and DAC friends.
A private graveside service was held for the family at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA, where she was buried next to her husband.
A public memorial service will be held 1:30 pm on August 25, 2018, at the Kittitas Community Church in Kittitas, WA.
Memorials may be made to the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (Washington Pilchuck Chapter).

Published in Daily Record on Aug. 24, 2018
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