Ruth Lorraine Beckstrom

May 31, 1927 – Dec 27, 2016

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Ruth Lorraine Beckstrom, age 89, passed away in Burien, Washington, on December 27th, 2016. Born in Page, North Dakota, she was the tenth child of eleven to parents Lewis and Julia Warner. Ruth met her future husband, Victor Beckstrom shortly after World War II, and were engaged after a whirlwind romance. They married on August 4th, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota. After teaching for four years in rural North Dakota, she eventually gave up teaching to raise a family. After several moves, they settled in Burien, WA in 1955.

Dwight, her eldest child was born in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by Bruce in Santa Monica, California, and Scott and Julie, in Seattle, Washington. Ruth had many activities, including the Orthopedic Guild, Campfire Girls, and Cub Scouts.  She loved to spend her free time reading. Family vacations were primarily camping in Glacier and Mount Rainer national parks. After Victor retired, they started and ran a rhododendron nursery for over 25 years and traveled domestically and internationally, particularly enjoying Germany.   

Ruth was the last of her siblings to pass. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor and son, Dwight. Ruth is survived by her children; Bruce (Bing), Scott (Carla), Julie (Andrew) Crain, daughter in law, Myra and grandchildren Rachel, Erin, Ethan and Charlie Sun.

Services will be held at 1pm on January 18th, 2017, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 8th Ave. S., SeaTac, Washington

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund.



Bonnie Belles
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Jan 24, 2017

We will miss Aunt Ruth so very much. I will especially miss her squishy hugs and kisses. I have uploaded a couple of photos mom and dad (Larry & Gerry) had we didn't know if you had copies of. The second photo of Ben, Mildred, Ruth & Vic was taken August of 1994. We are not sure where the photo was taken.

All our love,

Bonnie, Brian, Nicole & Colin Belles

Larry & Gerry Earnst

Rudi & Susan Miksa
Monroe, LA
Jan 13, 2017

It was our pleasure to meet Ruth when I went I worked with Bruce at Lundberg. Ruth was a wonderful influence on our son David when she and Vic took David in for a Summer, when he interned at Lundberg in Bellevue. We enjoyed our visits with Ruth when in the Seattle area. We will miss her, but she will remain in our hearts.

Rudi & Susan

Gloria Scott
Issaquah, Wa
Jan 11, 2017

I will miss my best friend every day.

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