Ruth Ada Hawersaat Miller



MILLER RUTH ADA HAWERSAAT MILLER, born in Cleveland, Ohio to Edward J. Hawersaat and Ada Pickersgill Hawersaat, 3/19/1928. Died 7/1/2016 in Edmonds, WA. Predeceased by beloved husband, Dexter Franklin Miller (2013), parents, brothers Edward and William Hawersaat and daughter-in-law, Gwen Miller. Survived by children, Dexter Bruce (Daryl), Linda (Gordon), Marla (Al), Rick (Lorraine), Paul and Scott (Laurie); brother Allen Hawersaat (Virginia); in-laws James Miller, Helen (Miller) Evenson, Mary (Miller) Edson, Mary Hawersaat and Anne Hawersaat; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was proud of the Pickersgill family connection to the history of the American flag, her mother's family immigration from Liverpool at the turn of the century, her father and his brothers' butcher shop, and the closeness of Pickersgill and Hawersaat cousins as they grew up together in the Cleveland area. Ruth and Dexter served many United Methodist church communities (PA, NY, MN), and made deep and lasting friendships in each. Ruth was a consummate elementary teacher. Favorite activities included walking, gardening, reading, singing, baking cookies ("eat bars"!), and playing Scrabble. She was thrilled by the beauty of God's world, and would stand in awe of fish climbing a ladder, mountains that terrified her, and the peacefulness of a grove of trees in a Minnesota campground. Moving to WA after retirement, she and Dexter volunteered through their church by singing at nursing homes and helping in the Food Bank, supporting VFW and Kiwanis, and making cookies for the local firefighters. Ruth's highest tribute to a friend or family member when they passed is so true for her as well: "She left the world a better place, she will be missed!" Interment with Dexter at Tahoma National Cemetery, service information pending

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