Ruth Estella Dixon, 89, a life long Harborite, died at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in East Hoquiam, on November 15, 1924, the daughter of Harry H. and Celesta Blanche (Hawkins) Hartley. She was raised in East Hoquiam until the 7th grade when the family moved into town. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1942.
Ruth was married to Ronald Dixon at Fort Ord, Calif., on June 27, 1942. He continued to serve in the Army during World War II and Ruth returned to Grays Harbor and worked at Sam Smith’s Tire Shop repairing tires. After her kids were grown, she worked as a cook at the Montesano School District from 1965 until she retired in 1988.
Her husband, Ronald Dixon died in Aberdeen, on August 23, 2005. Ruth continued being active belonging to the Widow/Widower Solo’s Group and a member of the Public School Retirement Association. She enjoyed making afghans, sewing and watching television.
Ruth is survived by four sons, Thomas of Klawock, Alaska, Ronald of Aberdeen, Gregory of Silverdale, and Richard of Montesano; a sister,Jeanne Cox of Spokane; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Clifford; six sisters, Loudene Clock, Bessie Bishop, Dorothy Swinhart, Emalyn Bishop, Bertha Hazell and Edith Johnson.
An inurnment service will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Wynooche Cemetery in Montesano. Father David Monson, rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, will officiate. Immediately following a celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at the Montesano Moose Hall.
A card of condolence with a message or a memory may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home of Aberdeen.