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Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery

4504 Broadway, Everett, WA

OBITUARY

Ruthella Hawkins Easterling

18 February, 192710 February, 2020
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Ruthella was born on February 18th 1927 in Emporia Kansas. She died Monday, February 10th 2020 in her sleep at Providence Inpatient Hospice. Ruthella married the love of her life on July 4th, 1947 at an outdoor garden wedding in a dress made from Japanese silk Charles brought back from his tour in Japan. She was preceded in death by her devoted provider and husband of 50 years, Charles Clinton Easterling. She is survived by her two loving and faithful daughters, Melody Gail Easterling – Miethe and son-in-law Harry Miethe of Spokane. Kimberly Dawn DeLap and son-in-law Shawn DeLap and her, two very special grandchildren Gordon Charles DeLap and Grace Gretchen DeLap of Marysville.

Everyone Ruthella came in contact with was greeted with a never ending smile full of warmth and kindness. She often was able to share her faith in God in a way that only she could. She had the ability to keep looking up to Jesus and always gave it to God even during the most difficult of times. She will be remembered for her sweetness and love of all children which was made evident by the fact she earned her Master’s degree in early childhood development. She taught school in a one room classroom back in the day. She and Charles ran an inhome daycare where they lived in Snohomish, WA and one of those families remained close to this day.

Ruthella created her well lived life by using three values; faith, thoughtful decisions, and the use of quotes. The final lesson Ruthella leaves us, would be to pay attention to the things we say and do. If we started living in this way, the good of our country could literally be changed.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 29th at 1:00 pm at Generations community church located at 8204 64th St. NE Marysville, WA followed by a reception at 2:30 pm at Sunrise View Retirement Villa, 2520 Madison St. Everett, WA on Saturday, February 29th

All are welcome

Memorials may be given to Sunrise View where she lived and Kimberly had worked

Services

  • Memorial Celebration of Life Saturday, 29 February , 2020
  • Reception Following Saturday, 29 February , 2020

Memories

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Vaughna Schmidt

March 3, 2020

We were pleased that Ruthella & her daughter attended the Easterling reunion we hosted several years ago, in OK. She was so soft spoken, and always shared a contagious smile. Heaven has gained another Angel, as she has joined Buddy, & other loved ones. May each of your hearts be warmed by special memories to comfort you in coming days.
Lovingly, Vaughna (Easterling)Schmidt.

Lori Benda

March 3, 2020

I enjoyed being one of Ruthellas caregivers, I remember that she was always very thankful for everything we did, and she had the most positive attitude of anyone I've ever known. Truly a wonderful lady, she will be missed. Lori Benda

Crystal and Chuck Hsgen

February 28, 2020

I do not know if I can pinpoint a single memory. I have hundreds of beautiful memories of Aunt Ruth and Uncle Chuck. I guess the most accurate thing would be to say: they were a blessing to me and my family.. And now -- almost 40 years later -- I still believe meeting them and having them embrace my family as theirs, is the best thing in our lives.

David Noble

February 28, 2020

I remember Loine, my mom and Ruthella's sister-in-law, and Ruthella visiting and working on a jig-saw puzzle. Ruthella was always sweet. We always loved putting jig-saw puzzles together.

Tammy Stuckless

February 28, 2020

Whenever I would talk with Ruthella, whether in person or over the phone, she would ALWAYS remember when I drove Melody over to visit her, and she ALWAYS thanked me.

I'll ALWAYS remember Ruthella for having a wonderful smile. Her smile shined just like the sun.

Alexandra Dalzell

February 28, 2020







Grandma Ruthella would fill every room we’d enter with love and happiness, radiated with positivity. I am profoundly thankful for these memories, and to have been part of these moments.
I will probably never know her as well as I would like,but in the short time I did know her I learned the most important thing about her. Her family meant everything to her. We can all aspire to have our priorities so well aligned in life.

Melody Easterling-Miethe

February 26, 2020

Our wonderful Momma Ruthella was also my lifetime best friend. She told me in my childhood that she had "an open door policy" by which she meant that I should feel I could talk to her about anything at anytime. She also had another phrase that became very important to me, and remains a big part of my life philosophy. She would tell me to " set my sail". Many years later in my adulthood one of mom's brothers told me the origin of this phrase is a poem. The following is my rendition of this poem. One ship sails west and another sails east. It is the self same wind that blows, don't you know. Because it is the set of the sail that determines which way the ships will go. This phrase "set your sail" was instrumental in keeping me from falling into a pit of depression in my childhood years. These are just 2 of the many gifts my best friend gave me over the years....

Beth Noble-Moe

February 24, 2020

Aunt Ruthella was (and is ❤️) a special aunt—kind, gentle and positive, with the sweetest smile. Hudson and I and our sons loved being around her. Her faith in God blessed us.

Charles Petersen

February 24, 2020

I remember Ruthella as a kind lady with a warm personality, and I also remember her husband Bud.

Teal Tasso

February 22, 2020

May the memory of Ruthella Easterling be a blessing just as she was a blessing to others throughout her life. Ruthella had a profoundly positive influence on the people whose lives she touched.

Her many deeds and prayers , whether they were big , small or barely perceived or noticed by others, have had a lasting and positive impact. She left this world a better place bringing people closer to God even during her final moments on Earth.

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