June 16, 1921 ~ February 14, 2019 (age 97)


Ruth Rogers, age 97, passed away Thursday morning, February 14 at her home in Palouse from age related causes.

She was born June 16, 1921 at Toppenish, Washington to Roy and Hazel (Black) Thirtyacre.  Her early childhood was spent in Tacoma and Toppenish, Washington until the family moved to the Walnut Grove area near Prosser, Washington.  She completed her primary education at the Walnut Grove School, before attending and graduating from Prosser High School in 1939.

Ruth married Clarence Dale Rogers at Ellensburg, Washington on June 18, 1939.  The couple made their home in Prosser where they raised three daughters.  She was a homemaker most of her life, but did work for Schmidt’s Variety Store in Prosser for several years. After her husband retired, the couple spent their winters as snow birds in Mesa, Arizona for 25 years.  They moved to Yakima,Washington until her husband passed away in 2014, when she moved to Palouse to live with her eldest daughter and son-in-law.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, the Eastern Star Sunshine Chapter No. 94 and Vesta Club.  Ruth and her husband both enjoyed playing various games including pinochle; belonging to a pinochle club for over 20 years.  She was an avid reader, a seamstress and also knitted. 

Ruth is survived by her daughters Joyce (Butch) Smith of Palouse, Janice (Clelan) Terry of Selah, and Joanne (Dennis) Hunter of Buena Vista, Colorado, one sister Lorene Babcock of Burien, Washington, 9 Grandchildren, 23 Great Grandchildren and 14 Great Great Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence, two sisters Dorothy Chapman and Jean Kroum and grandson Sean Hunter. 

A date for the graveside services at the Prosser Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family.

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