RUTH EVELYN WHITE TANNER ~ Class of 1956
October 9, 1938 - July 21, 2013
Ruth passed away on July 21, 2013 at Life Care Center in Richland.
Ruth's life was a shining example of love and devotion
to family, friends and school children, whom she loved
to help with their reading and learning, by volunteering
her time at the grade school level.
She was born Ruth Evelyn White, in Boston, MA, the
youngest of four children, on October 9, 1938, to the
late Joseph and Trudy White.
She spent her early childhood living in Boston, Panama,
and Maine, before coming to Washington State. In
Richland, she graduated from Columbia High School in
1956 where she met her future husband, childhood
sweetheart, and soul mate, Robert M. Tanner, Jr. ('56). They
married on February. 24, 1957, at Central United
Protestant Church in Richland. While Bob was in the U.S.
Navy they moved to San Diego, CA, where Ruth was
employed by Bank of America as a bookkeeper.
Moving back to Richland in 1959, Ruth went to work at
Seattle First National Bank, until she and Bob started
Ruth's early family years were very busy with three
little ones all in a row. Helping her wonderful husband
with his budding career as a Project Manager, which
eventually took them to Michigan and Rhode Island, then
back to Richland, the town she loved.
Ruth's career didn't start until the youngest child was
in high school. She went to work at the WNP-2 Site as a
secretary. From there she worked as secretary and Office
Manager for Impell, Corp. Then Battelle employed her as
a secretary until her early retirement in 1992.
Ruth's hobby in life was buttons. She collected them,
made jewelry with them, and could spend hours at this
Ruth's passions in life were her husband and children,
being a doting grandmother, her faith, enjoying her
friends, birds and her African violets. Ruth will be
remembered as a humanitarian whose heart was always open
to help everyone.
Ruth was loved deeply and will be missed by her husband
of 56 years, Bob of Richland, daughters Diana Roberts, Shelley Tanner, son Rob Tanner (Claudine); Grandchildren
Tyler (Jen), Kyle, Brianna, Zackary, Madison, great-grandchildren Madison Faith and Ridgely; and brother-in-law Bill (Janice) Tanner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Trudy White, and all her siblings: Judy White Gunter ('51); Joseph H. White, Jr. (NAB), and Donald E. ('50).
Her family wishes to thank the caregivers at Kadlec
Medical Center and Richland Life Care for their
exemplary and professional care during Ruth's hours and
days of need. You were a blessing for all of us.
Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service on
August 14, 2013, at 2pm at Central United Protestant
Church, 1124 Stevens Drive in Richland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Tri-City Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W.
Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336, where her husband
volunteered many hours in its making or a charity of
Published in the Tri-City Herald on July 28, 2013.