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Ruth Kessenger

Sep 22, 1925 - Jun 21, 2017
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Ruth Kessinger, 91, of Yakima, Washington, was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on June 21, 2017 at Landmark Rehabilitation and Care Center. Ruth was born September 22, 1925 in Springdale, Arkansas, the third of ten children born to William and Alvina (Rigel) Turner.
 
At the age of 17 Ruth was working in a soda fountain in Manteca, California, when a young good-looking Army Sargent from Illinois named Glen came in for ice cream. In May 1943, Glen and Ruth were married and enjoyed 61 years together until Glen’s death in 2004. Two baby boys were soon added to this family – Glenn in 1944 and Richard in 1945. At the end of WW II, after Glen completed his service in the Army, the family made a move from Illinois to Yakima, Washington.
 
Ruth’s career in Yakima started when she took a temporary job with B & F Interiors “to answer the phone for a few days.” She retired from there 29 years later having helped decorate many homes and businesses in the Yakima area. Even in her retirement years, Ruth was ever the active one. During the early years of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Ruth worked in the Clinical Skills Department, first as a volunteer then as a full-time employee – all while enjoying being 80+ years old.
 
Ruth was an avid fan of music. For many years she played the organ at church. When she and Glen traveled they would always attend a musical concert – especially classical music in the great concert halls of Europe. She was a long-time member of the Yakima Community Concert Association serving on its Board and as an elected officer.
Church was also an important part of Ruth’s life. After accepting Jesus as her savior, she and Glen were very active members of their local congregation.
 
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, seven of her brothers and sisters, and her husband. She is survived by her two sons, Glenn (Jeanne) of Yakima and Richard (Barbara) of Haymarket, Virginia; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother and a sister, many nieces and nephews.
 
Ruth leaves behind a legacy of commitment, hard work and tenacity of spirit. When she decided to do something or get involved somewhere, it was for the full ride, not just to dabble. Her family is grateful and continues with that spirit.
 
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on Friday, July 28 at 4:30 in the clubhouse of Sun Country Estates. To celebrate 75 years since Glen and Ruth met at that soda shop, we will honor them with an ice cream social.
 

 

 

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Funeral service

Jul 28, 2017:4:30 p.m.l

Sun Country Estates Clubhouse

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