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Ella "Ruth" Hawes

July 2, 1928 ~ June 15, 2018 (age 89)
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Ella “Ruth” Hawes of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on July 2, 1928 in Sterling, Idaho to parents, John and Jesse Nugent Keith. She died on June 15, 2018 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 89 years. Ruth was raised in Sterling, Idaho and graduated from Aberdeen High School in the class of 1946. She was united in marriage to LaRue Hawes on December 7, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in Aberdeen, Idaho and Ruth worked for JR Simplot. They moved to Hermiston, Oregon in 1980 where she has lived since. Ruth worked for Hawman’s Fresh Pack and then for the ODF&W as a fish tagger at the Irrigon Fish Hatchery for 8 years. She attended the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene and was a former member of the Hermiston eagles Lodge. Ruth enjoyed dancing, crocheting, crafts, fishing, music and most of all cherished time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: Rick “RD” Hawes, Hermiston, OR; Tracy Hawes, Pleasant View, UT; daughter: Lou Anne Patterson, Hermiston, OR; sister: Opal Rast, Seattle, WA; 7 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother: Larry Keith, great grandson: Michael LaRue Blake, and granddaughter: Kimmy Sue Hawes McDaniel. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Aberdeen Cemetery, Aberdeen, Idaho.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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