March 21, 1941 - January 12, 2009

Ruth Clifford - 1959 ~ Ruth Clifford - 1960

Ruth Marie Clifford Paslay went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2009 at Kadlec Medical Center, Richland, WA, after a long battle with kidney failure and heart failure.

Ruth was born March 21, 1941 at home in Staples, MN., to Raymond and Myrtle Clifford. She came to Kennewick in 1946 with her family. They eventually settled down in Richland in 1948 after the flood of the Columbia River, where she attended school and graduated from Columbia High in 1960.

She was very active in a singles group at the Westside Church, where she met and married her husband Richard W. Paslay. She went and stayed with her in-laws in Kahlotus, WA, while Richard was in the Navy and out to sea. She later joined him for a while in San Diego, CA, until his tour was finished.

They later returned to Kahlotus, WA and helped farm the wheat fields. While there, they had 19 foster children and then later adopted 2 children in 1973. In 1978 they moved to Odessa, WA, until 1979 when they came to the Tri-Cities. She was a stay-at-home mom and ran a day care out of her home. She also taught Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.

She had a very warm personality and made everyone that came to her home feel welcome. Holidays were always special for her as being with family was always important to her. We will miss her homemade cinnamon rolls that she made for the holidays.

She was preceeded in death by Her father Raymond Clifford, her sister Mary Storkel and her beloved husband Richard Paslay

. She is survived by her mother Myrtle Clifford, her brothers Dan (Janis) Clifford, Roy (Jeanne) Clifford, son David (Shelley) Paslay, daughter Dorothy (Ed) Ryea, grandchildren Jason, Edwin and Jessica

. The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31 at West Side Church, 615 Wright Ave., Richland at 2:00 p.m. All donations to help to pay the funeral will be accepted. Any further questions or comments please call 509-460-7854.

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