Ruth Elaine Gallaher

Born: Thu., May 22, 1930
Died: Sun., Oct. 7, 2012


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 12, 2012
Location: Burns Mortuary


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Ruth Elaine Jones Gallaher, born Ruth Elaine Newton to Leo and Myrtle Newton on May 22, 1930, in Haines, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012.  She grew up on a dairy farm in Salem, Oregon, with three sisters and two brothers before moving to Pendleton.  She married Nelson J. (Jimmy) Jones, May 22, 1945, who preceded her in death in 1994.  She later married Ernest Gallaher in 1998, who preceded her in death in 2007. 

She is survived by her children, Richard Jones, Rebecca Winter, Rodney Jones, Marilyn Anderson and Michael Jones.  She has 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A son Robert preceded her in death. 

Ruth managed Hal’s Hamburgers for 23 years, before taking a job as a cook for Sherwood School.  She later became the baker for the school district in the Pendleton High School kitchen. 

Ruth loved to sing.  She loved to cook for her family and church.  She was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren’s activities.  During her lifetime, she was a volunteer for many youth sports, the Senior Center, Salvation Army, and the Bargain Counter.

Ruth was passionate about serving at her church, Bethel Assembly of God, where she attended for 43 years and held many leadership positions.  She was generous with her time and energy and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  She will be greatly missed by her many friends and family members. 

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday, October 12, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel. Following the services, friends are invited to join with the family in the Pendleton Foundation Room, below the Pendleton Recreation Center on Dorion Ave.  Burial will be in the Skyview Memorial Park, in Pendleton.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Bethel Assembly of God Church, or to Pendleton Little League, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.  You may sign the online guest book or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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Kristina Guillemette
   Posted Wed October 10, 2012
I was a little girl attending the Bethel church when I met Ruth. I always looked forward as a younger child and as I was growing up to see her smiling face. She will be missed by many of people. It is never good bye, but a I will see you again. My prayers go out to Mike and the family through this hard time.
- The Guillemettes - ( Kristina Bullock)

john and linda bullock
   Posted Wed October 10, 2012
we will miss her we will see her when we get there sorry for familys loss

joanne anderson and the Futter family
   Posted Wed October 10, 2012
the hugs will be sadly missed and the wisdom that she brang to the young.. we send our love and sympathy to the family and friends.

Glen Sweet Tamara Sweet and Family
   Posted Thu October 11, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Shari & Jack Remillard
   Posted Thu October 11, 2012
So sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I always enjoyed seeing her at the diner. Marilyn, our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Tammy Fernalld-Gambill
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
Mike and Marilyn, we are sorry for your loss, we will keep you close in our prayers, your Mother was a wonderful great lady and will be missed by many.

Diane Raymond Gettmann
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
I worked for Ruth in my first job out of high school while attending BMCC. I worked 2 years with Ruth and loved her dearly. She taught me to use my mind and showed me how much I could keep in my head at once. She taught me to cook on the grill and that has been a valuable skill over the many years since. She was fun to work with and held high expectations for all the youth that worked for her. Thank you, Ruth for being a teacher, friend and the best boss I ever had. Love to your children. Diane Raymond Gettmann

Vivian Larsen
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
Please accept my sincere sorrow in the loss of Ruth. She will be missed.

Sharon Maness
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
Becky so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, she will be missed, I remember her from Hals and Sherwood School cafeteria.

Tom Blaine
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
To The family of Ruth

Mike and Marilyn its been a long Time. I keep up people that
had a deep good spot in my heart. I think of you often.I do
think she is looking over us all. Wish you both and all the family
my deep warm Sympathy and Condolences. I live up by Yakima now''
and have a Wonderful family. And have for 32 years now.

Take Care

Thomas Blaine

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