Mary Alice Mittge of Raymond, Wash., passed away at home on July 5, 2014, at the age of 82. She was born in South Bend, Wash., on June 7, 1932. She attended Willapa Valley High School.
Mary Alice was married to Lewis Ruddell in 1949, and together they had four children. She was widowed in 1955 and remarried in 1958 to Eldon Mittge. Together they had two additional children.
After raising her family she volunteered with the reading program at school. Mary had worked several jobs including driving school bus for South Bend, wrapping meat for Ken Corey and assisting at Vetter’s Animal Hospital.
She was very active in the TOPS organization in Raymond, and enjoyed her time volunteering at Pennywise. She loved gardening, crocheting baby sweaters and baking homemade buns and bread. Mary lived a full life caring for her family. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren dearly.
Mary is survived by five sons, Bob (Linda) Ruddell, John Ruddell, Mike (Coni) Ruddell, Randy (Lorie) Mittge, and Rick (Shelley) Mittge, all of Raymond; a daughter Louise (Mike) Mauermann of Chehalis; a brother, Frank Butz, also of Raymond and a sister, Margaret Somero, of Montesano, Wash. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Butz.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers Ruth Ruby, Dawn Soulinh, her hospice nurse Kim Bair and to Dr. Hing and his staff.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. P.O. Box 96011 Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, followed by a potluck luncheon at the Crossroads Church in Raymond. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.