Ruth Frances Guenther

Olney resident, 73Ruth Frances Guenther, 73, of Olney, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, on Oregon Highway 202 in an auto accident.

Mrs. Guenther was born Feb. 11, 1930, in South Bend, Ind., to Dr. Kenneth and Beatrice Thomson.

On April 25, 1952, she married Stanley F. Guenther in Fort Wayne, Ind. He survives, residing in Olney.

Mrs. Guenther graduated from Southside High School in Fort Wayne in 1949. She attended Indiana University and Clatsop Community College. She moved to Olney in 1967. She worked at Warrenton Grade School in her grandchildren's classes and was known as "Grandma G." She also tutored children in reading.

She was involved in many community activities, including 4-H and Cub Scouts. She and her husband were leaders of the 4-H Pegasus Patrol horse club for many years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Stan R. Guenther of Warrenton; a daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Rich Coates of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren, Stephanie Rachelle, Jordan Charles, Whitney Danae and Haley Jean Guenther, all of Warrenton. A granddaughter, Courtney Ann Guenther, died earlier.

A celebration of life is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Olney Grange.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Courtney Ann Guenther Memorial Fund, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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