Ruth Collier was born Ruth Mae Holcey on January 8th, 1933 to Daniel and Lancey Holcey in Tuskegee Alabama. The Holcey family moved to Vancouver Washington and lived there until the VanPort Flood on May 30th, 1948 forced them to relocate in Portland Oregon. Ruth attended Boise Elliot Elementary School and graduated from Jefferson High School in the class of 1953. Ruth accepted the Lord early in her life which defined her character and how she lived her life.
Ruth gave birth to two children, Theresa Holcey and Brenda Holcey who she worked very hard to provide a good, stable, and safe home for.
Ruth made a career in the medical field working at Eastmoreland Medical Center in Portland for many years. In addition she worked at Porthaven Nursing Home for many years prior to establishing her business along with 3 others in her home taking care of the mental health patients and the elderly in her community for over 38 years actively until the day she passed.
Ruth married Clyde Collier August 16th, 1976 in Vancouver Washington. They were both attendees of Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved the Lord and was a founding member of Sharon Church. Ruth also loved to cook and often sold cakes, pies, and dinners for extra money. She loved to laugh and talk on the phone and had a love for old black movies. She also loved to lay on the deck in the sun with a big glass of ice water. She loved to travel and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Ruth will be missed by many. All who knew her are gone too soon. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Clyde Collier, her parents; Daniel and Lancey Holcey, her brothers; Daniel Holcey, William Holcey, John Lee Holcey, her sisters; Mary Johnson, Naorni Pu, and Ruby Jean Melson.
Ruth leaves to cherish her memories her two daughters, Brenda Holcey and Theresa Holcey, her baby sister Kumice Jackson, her grandchildren Clayton Holcey, Crystal Channel, Erica Williams, Angel Williams, Shakur Christ, and 14 great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews, family & friends.