Ruth Elizabeth Leslie, age 95, of Chesaw, Washington, passed away at her home on January 14, 2016. Ruth was born, raised and lived in the Chesaw area attending Chesaw Myers Creek and Molson Schools.
On December 15, 1941 she married Stewart Leslie in Okanogan, Wash. Together, they lived and worked side-by-side on the family ranch. On March 26, 1963, Stewart preceded her in death.
Ruth worked in local apple warehouses, cooked at the Molson School and many camps for kids. She was a librarian and cook at both Molson and Oroville schools and was a member of Community Action more than 30 years. She loved children and many activities she participated involved children. She was a 75 plus year member of the Molson Grange, embroidered, quilted, stuffed toy animals for children, loved crossword puzzles and chaperoned countless children’s events for the Molson Schools. She was also a longtime member of the Knob Hill Home Economics, volunteered at the Molson Museum and always had a houseful of kids.
Ruth was a wonderful cook and baker, and raised many children as if they were her own. One of her many achievements are the years she spent writing for “Hilltop Comments’ in the local newspaper.
Ruth leaves behind son, Harry (Mildred) Leslie, daughters Mary Ellen (Don) Field, Dorothy (Cliff) Applebee, Ruthie (David) Allen, Georgia McCoy, Jessie (Bob) Rise, Hazel (Jim) Chamberlin, Rose Ann (Leroy) Hirst and Heather Leslie; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by daughter Florence Jane; brother Harry Whyte, two sons-in-law; John Allen and Butch McCoy.
Being known by many as “Grandma,” Ruth was loved and respected by so many people and will be dearly missed by them and more.
Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Molson Grange. Interment will follow at the Molson Cemetery, Wynn Schell officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Molson Grange or Molson Museum
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville is in care of arrangements.