Age 87, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Riverbend Hopsital. Ruth was born June 17, 1925, at Klamath Falls, Oregon to Leah “Doll” (Weaver) and Clive Newton. She was a descendant of the Hanes Weaver family that came to Myrtle Creek in 1853. Her Maternal grandfather was Cleland Weaver, son of Hans. At the age of twelve Ruth moved from Bly, Oregon to Myrtle Creek with her siblings due to the death of her parents. She lived with her grandmother Arrena Newton until she was thirteen and then moved to live with the local dentist’s family of Dr. John Wilson where she became the nanny for their two daughters Donna and Marilyn. She remained with them until she graduated from Myrtle Creek High School in 1944. She was active in school sports and was an awesome left-handed pitcher. Under the legendary coach Thomas Ireland Sr. her softball team took many titles. She stayed a friend to many of the alumni, attending most of school reunions. She graduated from Roseburg Business School with a degree in bookkeeping. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon where this became her career until her retirement. She dearly loved her home, family, and friends. She is survived by her son, DeWayne Howlett(Jeanette) of Bonney Lake, Washington; step-daughter, Sandy Leinz of Portland; step-son, Rob (Sue) of Portland; foster sister, Donna McClure (George) of Florence, Oregon; and many grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Lien; her parents; four siblings; and foster sister, Marilyn. No services will be held. She will be interned in Portland, Oregon, beside her husband. In her quiet way she filled a big place in our hearts and she will be greatly missed.
Ruth Newton Lien
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