Ruth Gillis
1924 - 2020
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May 9, 1924 ˜ June 25, 2020

Ruth I. (Normington) Gillis was born in Havre, Montana, and was the second of George and Ruby Normington’s three children. The family relocated to Oelwein, Iowa, where Ruth grew up before she moved to Clark County, WA in 1945. Following the loss of her brother, Melvin, in World War II, Ruth enlisted in the Navy WAVES and served for two years.
She married Morris Gillis on January 21, 1950 in Vancouver, WA and they raised three children. Ruth was a homemaker, Girl Scout Leader, election poll worker, and school volunteer. She was a member of Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, and loved all of God’s creatures, bringing home any critter that would follow her home. Over the course of her life, she welcomed into her home cats, dogs, horses, ducks, chickens, and even an orphaned squirrel, much to her children’s delight.
Ruth quietly endured Multiple Sclerosis for much of her adult life, but it didn’t stop her from enjoying time spent with her friends and pets as well as her hobbies of gardening, playing cards, and reading novels. She was known for her sense of humor and loved to share a joke with friends.
On June 25, 2020, Ruth passed away at the age of 96 following a brief hospitalization. We will miss her, but find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her beloved family that preceded her in death - husband, Morrie, siblings, Lucille and Melvin, and parents. While her Multiple Sclerosis prevented her from dancing on this earth, there will be much dancing in heaven.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Kathy Olson (Jerry) and Karen Brachmann (Monte); son, Roger Gillis; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
At her request there will be no service. Ruth’s final resting place will be Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 12, 2020.
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