Ruthie Belle McGregor
Mar 3, 1925 – Jun 25, 2014
Ruthie Belle Hardman was born March 3, 1925 in Haughton, Louisiana to Frank Hardman and Inez Brewer. Ruthie was the only child born to this union. Her father preceded her in death when Ruthie was very young. She was raised by her mother and step father, Prince Taylor. Her mother and step-father preceded her in death in 1981 and 1991 respectively.
Ruthie accepted Christ at an early age and truly loved the Lord. As a young girl, Ruthie attended Sunday school and became secretary of her Sunday school. Some Sundays young Ruthie and the superintendent of the Sunday school would be the only persons in attendance for Sunday school.
Ruthie attended high school in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated in 1943. In 1944 the family moved to Seattle, Washington. Three days later she became an employee of the Boeing Company for a short time. She also attended Edison Technical School.
In December 1947 Ruthie married her “home town” sweetheart, John Willie Johnson in San Francisco, California. From this union a son, John Wesley was born in Seattle. Sometime after the birth of John, Ruthie worked at the naval hospital and Overall Laundry.
In November 1954 Ruthie married Lewis McGregor. From this union 3 daughters were born; Inez Renee, Valerie Lynn, and Dana Lewis. Ruthie stayed home to raise her children for several years. She and Lewis raised their children to be honest, educated, hard workers, and self-respecting individuals. And they lead by example. They provided a good life for their children as well as a solid Christian foundation. Ruthie was a long time active member of Curry Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church until her health prevented her from going.
Ruthie returned to the work force in the mid 1960’s working at Doctor’s hospital and again with the Boeing Company where she worked until the young age of 70 and retired in 1995.
Ruthie was a very kind, sweet, loving wife and mother, who had no problem telling you what was on her mind. She was a true friend who had a great sense of humor. Ruthie was humble and sacrificed a great deal for her family whom she loved dearly. We will truly miss her and her beautiful spirit and gorgeous smile. Her bright light graced us for 89 years here on earth. Now she is shining her bright light with God, our heavenly Father, and her loved ones who have gone home before her. Ruthie’s husband Lewis preceded her in death in 1984.
She leaves to mourn her passing; son John Johnson; daughters Inez Magalona (Enrique), Valerie McGregor, and Dana McGregor (Greg); 9 grandchildren: Ericka Pollard (Trent), Erin Russo (Andrew), David Jackson, Keyunda Wilson (Sean), Bryant Jackson (Danae), Kanisha Alexander, Cheri Moore, Francene Faison, and Shayla Robinson; 9 great grandchildren; her extended family children( and you know who you are); care givers Wilma Gayden and Sylvia Watunu; and a host of cousins and friends.
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