Margaret Ruth Wells Tonack

Born: Sat., May 31, 1952
Died: Wed., Feb. 6, 2013


Masonic Service

10:00 AM Sat., Apr. 06, 2013
Location: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses


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Margaret Ruth (Ruthie) Wells Tonack died peacefully Feb.6, 2013, in Pendleton, Oregon.  Interment was  held at Pilot Rock Cemetery,  Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 601 SW Runnion Avenue, in Pendleton.

 Ruthie was born on May 31, 1952 in Pendleton to David A. Wells and Hazel Fletcher Wells.  She was raised in Pilot Rock and attended grade school there as long as she could. being born with Down's Syndrome didn't keep her from having a full and adventurous life.  She was able to become a part of Action for Handicap, which later became Nova, Bethphage & Horizon.  During this time, amongst other activities,  she took up art lessons from Gloria Harper.  Bethphage displayed her watercolors at their store and the East Oregonian published several articles about her art accomplishments. On a trip to Omaha, Nebraska ,where Bethphage was holding a banquet to honor her art accomplishments, she met and fell in love with her future husband Robert Tonack (fondly known in Pendleton as Bottle Bob).  They married in Pilot Rock at the Community Center in June, 1995.  Together, they traveled to Belfast, Ireland, and later to Germany, where she was again honored for her art work. They loved to travel and took two trips a year, seeing almost every state, as well as trips to Canada, Disneyland, Europe and Hawaii.  She missed Bob greatly after his death, she loved him dearly.  Ruthie was predeceased in death by her parents, her brother , Bill Sylvester, and her sister, Sharon Wells Haslam Wagoneer.   She is survived by four sisters, Madeline Michael Hodel, of Portland, Oregon, Shirlee Michael Munson of Newport Beach, California, Mary Sylvester Mendonsa, of Nashville. Tennessee, and Carolyn Wells Horn, of Snohomish, Washington, also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Her family loved her dearly and she responded in kind.  We want to express heart felt appreciation for the wonderful , loving care she received for many years by her caregivers.  Many thanks, also to Kari Hall, who was Ruthie's good friend & maid of honor at her wedding.  

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