Our sweet and loving Ruby Adams passed peacefully and quietly into the loving arms of God and family on Friday morning, August 6,, 2021. She was born Ruby Lillian Schafer in Oregon City, Oregon on September 4, 1938. Her parents were Kenneth William Schafer and Muriel Lein of Estacata, Oregon. She attended High School in Clatskanie, Oregon, and lived in a Float House under the Astoria Bridge on the Columbia River. She was the first of her graduating class to get a job in Portland, working as a secretary with an Insurance Company.

She was preceded in death by three sisters — Hellen Marie Finnie, Marilyn Kay Tupa, and Wanda (Dee Dee) Paul of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

She had four children. Scott and Kevin Putansu preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter Susie Ferraro, son Keenan Putansu, and her grandchildren Dustin and Amanda Gahart, Davin Gahart, and Mandy Jo & Brendan Irwin, Kee-Jay Putansu, and Erica Putansu, and two great-grandchildren, Madalynn and Scarlett Gahart. She also leaves so many nieces and nephews – too numerous to mention.

Ruby worked for Safeway stores: Five years as a checker at the old Broadway Safeway in Eureka, and 25 years as Safeway District 1 Secretary in charge of over 20 Safeway stores. She retired in 1996.

Ruby and I were married over 40 years ago on Valentine’s Day. She was the love of my life. We lived in many different houses during our marriage, and she made every one of them a comfortable home. She had a lot of love in her heart and accepted my three children – David Adams, Dawn Adams, and St. Clair Jr. – as her own. When we retired we lived in Ajo, Arizona during the winters and traveled in our motorhome, in the summer when the temperature in Ajo reached triple digits. They didn’t call us snow birds. They called us chicken. We shared many adventures together. Ruby was my navigator.

Unfortunately a year ago Ruby was robbed of her memories by a terrible disease.

Because of the recent Covid pandemic her memorial will be postponed until it is safe to gather with friends and relatives to celebrate her life. We ask that any donations in her name would go to the Alzheimer Foundation to fight this insidious disease, or to Hospice of Humboldt a wonderful caring organization. And thanks to all of the loving and caring nurses and aides who attended Ruby at Seaview care home.


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