Ruth Armfield

January 16, 1927September 24, 2010

Armfield, Ruth Adelia 83 01/16/1927 09/24/2010 Ruth was born in Mitchell She was a homemaker Ruth is survived by her daughters, Elaine Sullivan and Diane Austin; and son, Roger. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Gateway Chapel of the Chimes. “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Ruth Armfield, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

Ruth was born on January 16, 1927 at "The Farm" where they lived near Mitchell, Oregon in Near Mitchell, Oregon. She was the daughter of John M. And Gladys Henrietta Traver Vaughan. Raised in near Mitchell, Oregon, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Ruth was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Ruth was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Ruth was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Ruth also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Ruth was raised with 11. She had four older sisters, Hetty, Hazel, Dorothy and Virginia; four older brothers, Wesley, Earl, Houston and Robert; one younger sister, Lillie and 2 younger brother, Harry and Bill. Ruth was constantly involved in activities with her family. Ruth and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Ruth was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Ruth was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Ruth was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Ruth took part in a number of activities as a child. She took part in childhood games of making up silly names for things, with family members. As a teenager she worked for the neighbors in their house and ranch. In her spare time she liked dolls, teddy bears, reading, sewing, making scrapbook fo movie stars. Ruth's memorable achievements included helping with the family farm and worked hard, was a good student in her "one room" school.

Ruth enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Ruth was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Ruth was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She attended 1 year at Sweet Home High School. Ruth enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

Ruth had a good disposition for the challenges of college. She always enjoyed reading, so all of those lengthy required reading assignments seemed to be less of a burden for her. In fact, Ruth seemed to absorb and remember everything she read. Not all things came easily to Ruth, however, and she found success by being a diligent and accurate person who would dig into a project and work through until it reached its completion. She was very thorough and labored long and hard in order to reach her goals. Her favorite courses were she took many correspondence courses. On her own she studied Bible courses, geneology and published two geneology books. Also studied the Civil War at Lewis and Clark College and many other topics for her own enjoyment.She accomplishedgreat learning and loved to study. Also all kinds of quilting and sewing. She was very artistic and musical & self-taught on all! L.

Most folks would say that Ruth was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Ruth was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Ruth best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Ruth kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were brothers, sisters, family cousins, the Payne and Maxwell Families. Later in life, she became friends with Helen Meeves, Evelyn Russell, Marie Edgerton, Carmen Grefnes (her daughter-in-law Kathy Armfield) daugher, Elaine Sullivan.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Ruth. On March 1, 1946 Ruth married Douglas Raymond Armfield at A friends home in John Day, Oregon of John Day, Oregon. She was totally committed to Douglas and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Ruth naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Ruth disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

Ruth was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Ruth was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Ruth was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Ruth was blessed with 5 children born to her (one died at birth), 3 daughters, Elaine, Nadine, Diane: one son, Roger. They were also blessed with six grandchildren & four step-grandchildren, Darcy, David, Micelle, Chris, Christina, Matthew, Step-grandchildren, Damon, Ryan, Matt.

If you gave Ruth a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Ruth was always on task. Without hesitation, Ruth could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was homemaker, geneologist, photographer. She was employed for a few years of waitress, homemaker and packed fruit ocassional job if dad went on strike. During that time, Ruth excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Ruth was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Ruth had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Ruth liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Ruth's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Ruth preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, stamp collecting, photography, sewing, quilting, reading/studing, art, painting, geneology, History, music, and many various collections. Ruth was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Ruth often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. Recreational sports included she liked to walk. She was very athletic but didn't do sports. She gardened, canned fruit and vegetables, kept a farm, etc. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity.

Due to her excellent organizational skills, Ruth was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Ruth could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Ruth was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. Throughout her later years, Ruth was an active member in her earlier years -christina Women's Club and Bible Study Fellowship; Conservative Baptist Foriegn Mission Society; Geneological Societies in Multnomah County and Wheeler County.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Ruth. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church for approximately 15 years. During that time, she was a singer in the church choir for years; visited shut-ins and gave older folks rides to church; did various things for women's ministries and mission projects.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Ruth had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included traveling to Central Oregon and Oregon Coast, Alaska, North Carolina, Grand Canyon and California and all over Southwestern USA.

Ruth had Cats, who was her best friend for Various cats- Betsy and many others. Ruth was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. In retirement, she found new pleasure in traveling with her husband and relatives, visiting with family, taking care of her kitties and quilting and sewing. Even in retirement, Ruth continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

Ruth passed away on September 24, 2010 at West Linn, Oregon. She fought a battle with Alzheimers. She is survived by children, Elaine, Diane, and Roger and spouses and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were held at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, Portland, Oregon. Ruth was laid to rest in I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Fossil, Oregon.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Ruth was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Ruth was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Ruth Armfield was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Ruth. She will be missed.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 30, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ruth Armfield

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