Ruth Estella Heberlein

April 21, 1922October 30, 2018

Ruth was born April 21, 1922 in East Multnomah County, Portland, OR, and has lived in the area all her life. She had three older brothers and one younger sister. Ruth attended Mt. Tabor grade school, and the family attended Mt. Tabor Methodist church. When she was in the 8th grade the family moved to 37th & Woodward in Portland. Her High School was Franklin High and after graduation she attended business school. Her first job was as a legal secretary to a retired judge. She then went to work for the State of Oregon, Dept. of Public Health Nursing as a secretary to 4 public health nurses. During this time, she became engaged to Howard Heberlein, whose family also attended Mt. Tabor Methodist Church. Howard and Ruth attended a young adult group at the church together. They were married a year later, and within 3 months Howard went into the Army Airforce as this was during WWII. Howard was sent to several Army bases in the states for training and Ruth followed him. She found work at different jobs in each town he was stationed. He was eventually sent to India and remained there for the duration of the war. Their first child, Evelyn, was born while Howard was in India. They later had two other children, Stephen, and Yvonne. After the war they bought a house in Portland and remained living in the area ever since. While she worked at various secretarial positions through the years, her lasting impact was her devoted love and care for her family and selfless volunteer service to her church and community. Her beloved husband, Howard, died in 1979 and Ruth continued as a widow serving others and her family. Ruth loved gardening, especially flower gardening, reading, bird watching, trying new recipes, sewing, and all visits from family. Ruth is survived by her 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • 4167 Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ruth Estella Heberlein

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