Ruth Miller Frank

1927 ˜ 2021

Ruth was born in 1927 in North Dakota and passed away Nov. 9. She was 94 years old.
The family moved to Vancouver in 1942. Ruth spent her summer’s during WW II as a bicycle messenger in the Kaiser shipyards. She graduated from Vancouver High School in 1946.
Ruth married, raised children and was a member of the 1st Congregational Church in Hazel Dell. She was employed by the Vancouver School District for many years. Her last position was at Columbia River High School.
In her retirement, Ruth volunteered and worked tirelessly for the non-profit JAWS (Justice for Animal Welfare) for many years facilitating low cost spay/neuters for thousands of Vancouver area pets.
Several years ago, Ruth’s health necessitated a move to Los Angeles, CA, to be near her daughter and caregiver, Patti.
Survivors include daughter, Patti and her partner Cris; Kathy P.; step-sons, Mike, Rick, Scott and Peggy (daughter).
Donations: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund,
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Published by The Columbian on Nov. 14, 2021.
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Hi Patti and Peggy, Ruth was the secretary (I should say boss!) of our counseling center at Columbia River HS back in the 70's and 80's when both Jim Curtin and I were counselors there. Also Ruth lived right behind our house when we lived on Sluman Rd. from 1974-78. Ruth was wonderful in so many ways---a friend, a confidante, a manager. Both Jim and I have such wonderful memories of working with her. Patti, it's lovely that you were able to be her caregiver. Blessings to your family!!
Diane O'Connor
November 16, 2021
As a child, I knew Ruth when she was married to Frank Miller and they were friends of my parents. Apparently they met at Vancouver High School. We would all go out to an island in the Columbia where they would waterski and us kids would play. She was very likeable, was easy to talk to, and looked like a model. Unfortunately, Frank died young, and we lost contact with her. I am glad she lived a long life and apparently was an educator.
Julie Singmaster
November 14, 2021
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