Ruth Morris McDade

McDADE, RUTH MORRIS 1915-2006. Ruth Morris McDade passed away peacefully in her home on Sept. 24, 2006. She was blessed to spend the last ailing years of her life with her husband of 63 years, Karl, faithfully at her side. Ruth was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Portland. She was raised by her parents, Oliva and Jackson Morris, at the corner of Patton and Dosch Roads where the family operated the Green Hills Grocery store. Ruth attended Ainsworth Grade School, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1936. At 19, Ruth held her first job at Consolidated Freightways while continuing to help her mother run the grocery. In 1940, Ruth began working in the personnel department for Shell Oil. Ruth was an athletic and adventurous young lady who kept busy ice skating, swimming, skiing and golfing for recreation. In September of 1942, Ruth and Karl McDade were married shortly before Karl joined the Navy. Karl's Naval schooling took him and Ruth to Logan, Utah; Corpus Christi; New York; and Virginia Beach. While Karl was stationed in Adak, Alaska, Ruth remained in Portland assisting her mother with the family store. Shortly after the war, Ruth had her only child, Karl Jr., and was a loving full-time mother. In 1953, she resumed working part-time, and in 1970 began working full-time at Fred Meyer's main office, retiring in 1982. Ruth will be remembered as an adventurous, fun, and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Always full of energy and exciting to be around, Ruth was known to gather her son and all of the neighborhood kids for day trips to Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls. She was an avid golfer into her seventies, belonging to Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Karl and Ruth loved taking long road trips together and with their grandchildren, traveling extensively throughout North America. Ruth is survived by her husband, Karl Sr.; son, Karl Jr.; grandson, Karl III; granddaughter, Molly McDade-Hood; and three great-grandchildren.


Published in The Oregonian on 10/3/2006.