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Ruth E (Shade) Sullivan

April 7, 1937 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 85)
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Ruth Eleanora Sullivan (Shade) of Irrigon, was born on April 7, 1937 in Ogden, Utah to parents Louis (Buck) and Margie Shade. She passed away peacefully on September 11, 2022 at the age of 85, surrounded by loved ones in Hermiston, Oregon.
She was raised and attended school in Irrigon, Oregon.  Graduating from high school in 1955, where she met and fell in love with Ival Sullivan.  They were united in marriage on October 8, 1955. They were married for 66 wonderful years. 
They settled in Irrigon where Ruth was a dedicated mother first and foremost to their 3 children. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them.  As well as an amazing mother she was a farm hand to her husband until their kids were grown.
Ruth started working at AC Houghton School in the early 1990’s. She spent over 20 years in the school cafeteria where she enjoyed seeing many of her grandchildren in the lunch lines. She was also involved in the local 4H and senior center for many years.
Ruth loved her grandkids and her garden. She could be heard at every game or activity, cheering them on. She also loved to share her love of food. She was always making sweets and canning food from her garden. She was the family’s biggest cheerleader and she will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ival Sullivan; father, Louis Shade; mother, Margie Shade and a granddaughter, Katie Sullivan.
Ruth is survived by her children: Vickie Ellison (Rick) of Hermiston, Valarie Henderson (Randy) of Hermiston, Jay (Kelly) Sullivan of Irrigon, as well as 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 
A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday October 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon Oregon. Immediately following there will be a gathering at AC Houghton school cafeteria to share memories.
Those who wish may make contributions in Ruth’s memory to Vance John Memorial Hospice education fund, 645 W orchard Ave., Hermiston, OR 97838.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements. 





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Graveside Service
October 8, 2022

1:00 PM
Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery
SE 15th Street
Irrigon, OR 97844
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