February 28, 2000
In her teens, she worked as a waitress in a boarding house, where she was to meet her lifelong mate, Elmer Subert, who was working construction jobs in the mountains. From there, they embarked on a life of adventure that was to take them from the deserts of Arizona to the dams of the Columbia, and the jungles of Venezuela to the rock-strewn villages surrounding Ankara, Turkey.
Elmer was an electrical engineer, while Ruth's specialty was making a home, which she did for Elmer and her two sons while insisting that the family be together, even if the job assignments had no family accommodations. While living in the barest of construction camps, she could cook a full Thanksgiving meal with a toaster oven, an electric frying pan, and a propane hot plate.
Upon Elmer's retirement, they moved to Duvall in 1970, and built the only home they had ever owned. Ruth adopted the town of Duvall as if she were born in it, and while enjoying her small home with its big porch, devoted most of her hours to any cause which would help the town and residents of the area who needed a hand.
With her Irish spirit, she served on the city council for over 10 years. After the council, she turned her energies to the Civic Club and, even though in failing health, baked pies and cookies, helped with the plant sales, and kept the books.
She is survived by her sons, Michael and Timothy, their wives Pat and Sandy, and four grandchildren, Todd, Eric, Marci, and Don.
Memorial Services were held Feb. 26 in the Duvall Library Rose Room. Remembrances may be sent to Duvall Civic Club; P.O. Box 339; Duvall, WA 98019.
Born June 7, 1916, in Web City, Missouri, Ruth dedicated herself to the care of children, taking care of her siblings from the time she was four, and going on to a career as a pioneer, teacher, and mentor in the area of early child development.
Following her graduation from Washington State University with a degree in home economics and child development, she taught school and worked with the Lanham Nurseries in Spokane and Seattle, caring for children whose mothers worked for the war effort. In the 1950s, she taught child development at the University of Washington.
Ruth married Herb Evans on Sept. 3, 1950. They settled in Seattle, and she began a 19-year career with the Lake Washington School District, where she was a home and family life coordinator and a pioneer in the Head Start program, starting centers throughout the greater Seattle area.
In the 1970s, she became the chief home and family life supervisor and the head of the home economics department for the district and LWSD Vocational-Technical College. After retiring in 1979 from those positions, she was elected to the LWSD School Board, winning re-election and serving until 1985.
Ruth enjoyed her family, gardening, and her many friends. She loved poetry and reading, and was active in her church, devoting time and energy to compassionate causes.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Herb; son, Jerald (Debra); daughter, Mary (Michael) Babinski; three granddaughters, Sarah, Rachel, and Mary; brothers, Glen of Durham, NC, and Jerald of Tucson, AZ; sister, Jean of Port Townsend; and nieces and nephews around the country.
A memorial service will be held at University Congregation Church Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Children's Hospital Foundation; or the Center of Contemplation and Non-Violence.