Ruth Marie Willett Tanner, 89, of Lawndale, CA passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Madison, NY on January 4, 1929. She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence Willett and Angeline Hollowell Willett and her sister Mary Lou Dempsey. Ruth graduated from Waterville High School and married Almon Merritt Tanner on July 3, 1948 in Waterville, NY. In 1956, with their two young daughters, Ruth and Almon moved to Lawndale, Ca. Ruth was initially a homemaker and later worked for the Lawndale Elementary School District, Mattel, and Hughes Aircraft. In retirement, Ruth remained active and busy in her community. She served as the Membership Chair of the Lawndale Senior Travel Club and was a member of the Lawndale Senior Advisory Committee and the South Bay Quilt Guild. Ruth received awards from the City of Gardena and from Meals on Wheels for her Volunteerism. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and Bunco, crafting, knitting baby blankets, and gardening. Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth (William, deceased) Shiozaki and Carol (Charles, deceased) Persinger of Redondo Beach, and her grandchildren Eric (Heather) Shiozaki and Kimiko Shiozaki (John Molinari). She was also a loving “GG” to her great-grandchildren: Cameron, Ava, Mirai and Baby Shiozaki (due Feb). She also leaves behind sisters-in-law Anne Tuttle Tanner Guitar, Gertrude Kelley and Lavina (Fred) Reilly, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Almon, in 1990. There will be a memorial service held for Ruth at Rice Mortuary at 5310 Torrance Blvd in Torrance, CA on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Torrance Memorial Hospice(Torrance Memorial Hospice, 23326 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 100, Torrance , CA 90505).

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  1. Dear Ruth you are wonder women that was a loving person..I will remember your smile an little laugh when we would meet at the paint class. You where a great help to the Travel Club an will be missed my dear….An for your children you where blessed with lovely mom keep the happy memories an life live like she want too

  2. Dear Ruthie Ruth, We will miss you and that big smile of yours. You were a pleasure to be around and always happy. Scrapbooking & bunco will not be the same without you. Thank you for always putting a smile on our faces when you made your presence at the center. Rest in Peace our dearest Ruthie Ruth Love, Kesha , Claudia , & Reshonda

  3. Dear Ruth, Bunco will not be the same without you. You always had a big smile on your face for all of us. I loved to hear you laugh and to play Bunco with you. Thank you for teaching me the game and for your friendship. RIP dear friend.

  4. Dear Ruth, you never failed to brighten up our day whenever you dropped by the office. Your thoughtfulness throughout the years was very much appreciated and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.

  5. Our Dearest GG; you’re engrained in our hearts forever! We cherish ALL the memories we had with you and will be forever grateful to you for being our guardian angel. I’ll never forget the many Christmas Eve’s at your house; you taught me that I actually really like clam dip!! I’ll never forget wine tasting, margaritas, playing Barbie’s in your front room, Thanksgiving, your crocheted treasures and most importantly: how much you meant to me and my family. Though not related by blood, you treated us like your own. Rest in Peace! Love you always!

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