Ruth Heggenes

Ruth Heggenes, also known as Grandma Hegge and later Greatgrandma Hegge, died July 15, 2002, of a stroke. She was 89.

Mrs. Heggenes was born Oct. 25, 1912, in Clinton to Petter and Pauline Anderson. She had six brothers and a sister.

On Oct. 20, 1934, she married Leif Heggenes.

She was a housewife and mother who had a deep love and devotion to her family and her faith. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, an active member of the Ladies Aid and served on the church council for many years.

Her greatest joy was taking care of and being with her family. She was a wonderful cook with the ability to put a large meal on the table for her five boys and their friends in a short time, with seemingly little effort. Grandma Heggenes was famous to family and friends for her excellent lefse, brown bread, and chocolate chip cookies. Her other interests included picking blackberries, taking care of her flowers, and rooting for the Seattle Mariners, and of course the football team of South Whidbey High School of which her youngest son, Mick Heggenes, was a longtime coach.

Her energy, spirit and love of life and her children and grandchildren and in later years, her great grandchildren, were amazing and a wonder to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her six brothers and her sister, as well as her husband, Leif, in 1971, and a grandson, Brian, in 2001.

Survivors include her five sons and their wives, Lloyd and Vivian, Roy and Joyce, Mick and Christy of Clinton, Al and Mary Jane of Winthrop, Norman and Kathy of Sequim; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services are set for July 20 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Clinton. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Christopher, Garth, Donald, Mark, Bob, Jason, Joshua, and Jacob Heggenes.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

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