last modified on March 5, 2013

Memorial Page for Marjorie Elizabeth (Betty) Rueter

December 18, 1917 to February 26, 2013

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A celebration of her life will be held at Tualatin Country Club, 9145 Tualatin Road, Sunday March 10th from 2-4pm.

At age 95, Marjorie Elizabeth (Betty) Rueter died due to lack of independence. Born Dec.18, 1917 in Seattle Washington in the time of no electricity, ten cent gasoline and Victrolas, she had her tonsils taken out on her kitchen table in her Rose Hill home near Kirkland She spent 13 years in Campfire Girls as a youth, attended U of W and Central Washington College to obtain a certificate and BA in teaching physical education. She taught PE at Kirkland and Snohomish High Schools before becoming the Athletic Director of Seattle University until retiring in 1955.

Her college and teaching were interrupted by WWII when she joined the Womens’ Army Auxiliary Corp attaining the rank of Commanding Officer and 1st Lieutenant at Camp Beale, CA. after three years in the force. She was especially proud of this period in her life and reminisced about the exhilaration she felt commanding 150 women in perfect step through field drill formations. Her brothers and parents were also active in the war.

In 1949 she married John Gorham Rueter and Anne Lee Rueter, age four and a half; Followed later by John Jr., Patty and Bob. The family moved to Portland in 1956. We were fortunate that mom was the consummate stay-at-home mom, baking, sewing and running us to every lesson imaginable. She sewed all our clothes and then moved on to every craft imaginable to adorn our walls and cupboards. She volunteered as PTA president at West Sylvan, advocated for League of Women Voters and March of Dimes. She taught ESL and quilting to the women at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution. Dad and she belonged to Beaver Chapter Model A Club which had a quilt group, The Old Sew & Sews and she also was active in another sewing group called The Bias Strippers. In addition, Mom enjoyed being a part of the Retired Teachers of America.

Her surviving family includes her older brother, Bob Nelson of Eolus, California, Anne Rueter Gregg, John G. Rueter (Joni), Patty Rueter (Uwe), and Bob Rueter (Kim); seven grand-children – Katy, Gus, Lucy, Sheridan, Courtney, Logan and Rochelle and four great-grands – Jaden, Nathan, Ripley, and Toby. Our Dad died in 1996 and her younger brother died last year. In addition her son-in-law, John Gregg and grandchild, Gabe Gregg, died last year.

The family expresses special thanks to Serenity Hospice.

A celebration of her life will be held at Tualatin Country Club, 9145 Tualatin Road,
Sunday March 10th from 2-4pm. Please remember your favorite charity in Betty’s name.

Please remember your favorite charity in Betty’s name.

Lieutenant Nelson