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Ruth Isabelle Johnson Beecher
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Birth: May 3, 1915
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 2009
Clark County
Washington, USA

Camas-Washougal, WA Post-Record
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ruth Johnson Beecher

Ruth Johnson Beecher died Oct. 1, 2009. She was 94.
She was born to Victor Johnson and Edith Quayle Johnson on May 3, 1915, in Chicago. Victor a Swedish immigrant, and Edith, an immigrant from the Isle of Mann both arrived at Ellis Island on the same day, but on different ships. They met and married in Chicago. In 1933, Ruth graduated from the Mendelsohn Conservatory of Music in Chicago with a piano performance major. At 13, she was the youngest student to enter Mendelsohn. She taught piano and organ for many years, and had a long career as a church musician in 10 different states. She married David Roderick Beecher from Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1933. after graduating from Seminary in Chicago, David has a long career as a minister in several states, and served as an Army Chaplain during World War II. His work required Ruth to make many moves across the country. Ruth's magnetic personality and quick wit were influential with all who met her and she was loved and admired. Humor and music warmed the atmosphere in all of her husband's ministries, but it was her devil's food cake that really sweetened things.
She is survived by her daughters, Marcella Shaw of Vancouver and Ruth Williams of Liberty, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Vivian Flouhouse of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Lt. Col. David R. Beecher; son, David; two grandsons, Darren and Andrew Beecher; her parents; and sister, Edith Marshall.
Ruth will be buried in Augusta, Ga., beside her husband. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., at Battle Ground Baptist Church. Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements.
Created by: Bonnie
Record added: Sep 01, 2012
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