Ruth Tynne Ollila, 93, formerly of Clatskanie passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at Ullman Adult Facility in Longview.
She was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Delena, Ore., to Samuel and Olga (Wirtanen) Homi. She went to Cedar Grove School and Clatskanie High School, graduating in 1941. Ruth started employment at the West Coast Power Company, now known as Clatskanie People’s Utility District.
Ruth married George Edward Ollila on April 25, 1942. She worked at the PUD until their first child was born in August 1944. She spent the next 25 years raising a family of six children, two sons and four daughters. Ruth was employed by the Postal Service in Longview in 1969. She was a secretary of the Longview branch of the American Postal Worker’s Union for many years. Ruth retired in November, 1990.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and cooking and she loved the theatre. She and her husband traveled extensively. They traveled to Alaska by plane, ship and motorhome. They criss-crossed the U.S. many times, visiting all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico and Europe. They made three trips to Finland, visiting relatives.
Ruth and George square danced for about 10 years. She was a member of the U.S. Postal Association, the American Legion Auxiliary in Clatskanie, the Quincy Grange, and the Cowlitz Valley Model A Car Club. They went on many trips and outings with the car club since acquiring Model A Fords in 1989.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Richard M. Ollila of Elma, Wash., and Craig E. Ollila of Essex, Mont.; four daughters, Kathy R. Reeves of Clatskanie, Cindy J. Peltola of Kelso, Georgene E. Tappert of Bend, Ore., and Lisa M. Feldman of Des Moines, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George E. Ollila.
A service was held Tuesday at Groulx Family Mortuary.