Ruth T. Schwarz

Ruth T. Schwarz, 94, a lifetime resident of Aberdeen, died at a Seattle hospital on Friday, August 2, 2013. She was born in Aberdeen, August 1, 1919, the daughter of Anders and Anna (Haukelid) Espedal. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1937 and also Grays Harbor Business College.

Ruth married Theodore E. “Ted” Schwarz in Aberdeen in 1940 and they made their home here until Ted’s death in 1997. Ruth then moved to Seattle in 2000 to be nearer to her children.

Ruth had worked for Olympic Motors in Aberdeen and then stayed home to raise her children. In 1965, she went to work for Aberdeen Federal Savings and Loan, now Anchor Bank, as a loan officer, a position she held until she retired in 1979.

She was active in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, now Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, and also Parent Teachers Association as the children were going through school. She was also a member of Chapter DP of the PEO and the YMCA. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf and knitting many afghans for her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth is survived by a son, Theodore Stanley “Ted” and wife Gloria Schwarz of Lacey, Wash.; two daughters, Beverley A. “Bev” and husband, Jerry Reyhons of Kirkland, Wash. and Susan J. and husband, Bob Peck of Seattle; a sister, Agnes Elmer of Port Angeles, Wash.; a granddaughter, Andrea Schwarz; four grandsons, Jim and Scott Sypher and Rob and Anders Peck; two great-granddaughters, Brooke and Grace Sypher; and three great-grandsons, Blake, Ryan and Kyle Sypher. She was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur; a twin brother to Agnes; and a sister, Ruby Espedal.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. The Rev. Val Metropoulos, pastor of the church, and Rev. Brad Gill, pastor of Light and Life Community Church, will officiate. A private family burial service took place in Fern Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001 or at; Christian Cable Ministries, 601 W. Heron St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; or to your favorite charity.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.