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Ruth Christine Bodin

March 1, 1921 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 99)


Ruth Christine Bodin, 99, resident of Rochester, Wash. since 1952, passed away December 30, 2020 at her daughters home at Scott Lake (Olympia, Wash.)

Ruth was born March 1, 1921 to Christian and Mabel (Mathiason) Johnson in St. Paul, Minn. She went to live with her grandparents (Mathiason) and then her aunt and uncle until she met and married her husband, Palmer Bodin, September 10, 1938. The family left Minnesota in 1952 with their five children and moved to Washington and settled in Rochester.

Ruth’s main profession was homemaker and also caregiver. She was always there to help when someone needed care. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren for as long as she was able. Also loved welcoming friends and family into her home. An automatic cup of coffee, cookies, and or lunch was guaranteed.

Ruth is survived by her sons; Ernest Bodin of Centralia and Howard Bodin of Rochester, daughter; Delores Motz of Olympia, 17 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and 45 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Bodin, son, Robert Bodin, daughter, Rose Johnson, daughter-in-laws, Kathy Bodin and Joanne Bodin, grandson, Rodney Dunlap, parents, Christian and Mabel Johnson, siblings, Leslie and Clifford Johnson, Margaret Peterson, and Pete Lyman.

Funeral services will be held at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary, 205 W Pine St. Centralia, Wash. on Thursday, January 7th at 11am. Chaplin Kirk Van Natta will be officiating. Internment will be held at the Grand Mound Cemetery in Rochester following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice, 6th Ave SE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA, 98503, or any charity of your choice.  

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Funeral Service
January 7, 2021

11:00 AM
Newell - Hoerling s Mortuary

Graveside Service
January 7, 2021

12:00 PM
Grand Mound Cemetery
6300 183rd Ave SW
Rochester, WA 98579

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