Ruth Irene Debar passed peacefully early on the morning of June 5, 2013 in the presence of her loving and devoted son, Bruce Schultz. She had lived a remarkable and productive 95 years.
Born on April 27, 1918 to Arthur and Agnes Simon in Algona, Washington, Ruth married Charles Schultz during World War II. They had two sons, Wayne Herman Schultz (Reno) and Bruce Allen Schultz (Olympia). She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and compassionate to all she knew.
Ruth spent over 30 years as a resident of Olympia. She enjoyed a career as a hotel concierge at the historic Olympian Hotel, the Governor House Hotel, and the Tyee Hotel.
As her life progressed, she remarried to Bob Debar, an artist and a character. They lived on the beautiful shores of Lake Chelan in the town of Manson, surrounded by the apple and cherry orchards of that region. They owned the local watering hole, the Drift Inn. Her time with Bob was brief and he passed and was laid to rest on a scenic overlook at the tip of Lake Chelan.
Ruth’s life story continued with her journey to Spokane where she and Jack Stone spent their golden years on a beautiful farm in a house that Jack himself had built. She pursued her love of gardening and took many long walks down the country roads of the Moran Prairie. On her walks, she often gathered feathers from pheasant, quail, even peacocks, and kept them in vases in her home.
Everyone who knew Ruth knew of her love for the color blue. The bathroom of the farm was remodeled in blue, and Ruth chose the most remarkable tile that made it look as if you were walking on water when you stepped into the room.
She and Jack had either a camper or a 5th-wheel trailer for decades and spent their leisure time camping, traveling and even heading to the coast for some clam digging on occasion.
After the passing of Jack, Ruth moved to Olympia to be near family. She lived independently until a fall in April, which dislocated her shoulder, landed her in Mother Joseph’s for rehabilitation.
She leaves behind two sons, Wayne Schultz (Kathy) and Bruce Schultz (Jamie); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who love and will miss her.
The family would like to thank Larissa, Natalie, Nadia and Alena who made Grandma’s final years so comfortable and cheerful.
She will be laid to rest in a beautiful blue urn in that same scenic overlook in Chelan, next to the Love of her Life.
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