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Ruth Etta Jensen
(September 6, 1936 - December 5, 2013)

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Ruth Etta Jensen

Ruth Etta Jensen: Of 1193 10th St. Astoria, Oregon Born, September 6 1936 and died on December 5, 2013.  Ruth was born in Astoria to Monica Harris Truman and Rueben Truman. She was cherished for her gregarious, courageous and joyful character. Ruth Passed away December 5 after a long and courageous struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Ruth was a primary school teacher at Firwood Grade School, Sandy, Oregon. Subsequently she was a teacher and librarian at Captain Robert Gray School, Astoria, from which she retired. She was a graduate of Lewis and Clark consolidated Grade school, Astoria High School and Portland State University. A celebration of life in Ruth’s honor will be planned in the near future. She had a positive attitude in spite of her struggle with PSP. Ruth continued enjoying life and spending time with family and her many friends. Ruth was loved by all who knew her and she has left behind many cherished friends. Ruth died leaving many with heavy hearts, among these are her two daughters; Laurie Turner of Boise, Idaho; Susan McClure and her husband Tim of Kamloops, B.C.; four grandchildren, Ian and Emily Turner of Boise, Idaho, Evelyn McClure of Milton, Ont., and Rory McClure of Vancouver, B.C ; one great-grandchild, Rowan Turner and two brothers, John and Robin. Others suffering her loss include her former husband John Jensen of Portland, and her life partner, Tod Lundy of Astoria. Ruth traveled extensively in South East Asia, China, Europe and Central America. She was an active member of The Angora Hiking Club, Encore and the Senior Center where she volunteered until her illness forced her to stop. She was a member of a small group of adventurers who paddled out around Vancouver Island, BC in sea kayaks spending as much as a week at a time “exploring” remote islands, some in the Pacific Ocean. Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s honor to the Astoria Public Library or charity of one’s choice.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 1 until 4PM at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria. 

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