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Ruth Ione Johnston

Ruth Ione Johnston

Female 1925 - 2011  (86 years)

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  • Name Ruth Ione Johnston 
    Born 17 May 1925 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Oct 2011  Staffholdt Nursing Home, Bellingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I28238  Whitton
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

     1. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F10620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ruth Ione Teela, age 86 died peacefully on Sunday October 23, 2011 at the Staffholdt Nursing Home.
      Ruth was born on May 17, 1925 in Kalispell, MT to James Cyrus and Lillian Isabel (Stephens) Johnson. She was raised by foster parents Lee and Ellen Geeting in Malta, MT and graduated from Malta High School. She married Robert Donald Teela on May 12, 1945 in Havre, Montana. Shortly thereafter they began a life of moving around the country while Robert worked for the U.S. Customs. They started in Curlew, WA then Alpine, TX to Presidio, TX then El Paso, TX then to Plentywood, MT Sweetgrass, MT Danville, WA and to Seattle where she raised 5 children. Ruth worked for the flagship Nordstrom Store in downtown Seattle. When Bob had the chance to work overseas, they moved to Maryland and finally to Blaine, WA where she became involved in the community. Ruth volunteered at the Blaine Food Bank, the Museum on the Semiahmoo Spit and was an active member of the Unitarian Free Church. She was a life-long member of the American Legion Auxiliary Border Unit #73 Sweetgrass, Montana. Ruth was an accomplished potter, seamstress, baker, and enjoyed organic gardening, playing bridge and feeding the birds in her backyard. She enjoyed watching her children in their events and watching her grandchildren in their activities.
      Ruth was preceded in death by her mother Lillian Isabel in 1928, her father James Cyrus in 1952, her daughter Mary Ruth in 1949, her husband Robert Teela in 1992, and three sisters and 4 brothers. She is survived by two sons, Fredrick (Linda) Teela of Anchorage and Jonathan Teela of Blaine, 3 daughters: Jackie (John) Robinson of Ellensburg, Holly (Jack) Adams of Keizer, OR and Robbie (Gordy) Harris of Ferndale; one sister Lillian Lane of Yuma, Arizona along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. -