Ruth Irene Schefstrom Spinelli Potter, 85, passed away on January 24, 2014, in Vancouver. She was born on May 8, 1928, in Aberdeen, to August and Eleanor (Olson) Schefstrom. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1946, and attended Grays Harbor Junior College and transferred to University of Washington School of Pharmacy where she graduated in 1952. She married Nick Spinelli that year and they moved to Longview. As a pharmacist Ruth worked at Cowlitz General Hospital, Nick Spinelli’s Pharmacy and Longview Apothecary. She was preceded in death by Nick in 1964, and later married Joseph Potter who preceded her in 1999. She was a member of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Pharmaceutical Association. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Ruth is survived by five daughters, Dixie Dorsey, Carol Deaton, Debra Weber, Lia Stokes and Deanna Murphy; four sons, John King, Gary Potter, Tony and Nick Spinelli; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by son, Jared Potter; and a sister, Corinne Harmon.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Stake Center at 11th and Delaware in Longview. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to a local Hospice. A private interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet. Steele Funeral Home at Longview Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.