Georgia Ruth Staley
December 19, 1928 - May 23, 2021
Obituary For Georgia Ruth Staley
Georgia Ruth Staley went home to be with the Lord Sunday morning May 23rd, 2021 at the Issaquah Nursing Home in Issaquah, Washington. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grand mother, sister and aunt. She was a long-time member of the Highlands Community Church in Renton, WA. She leaves behind a legacy of caring for others, strong friendships and a unique Christian journey.
She was born Georgia Ruth Ragle on December 19th, 1928 in Turlock, California. Close family and friends knew her as Ruth. Georgia was raised in Turlock and the family moved to Vallejo, California in 1941. She graduated from Vallejo High School in June of 1946. After high school she attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 1947.
Georgia worked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. She moved to Washington State in 1957 and worked at the Boeing Company in Renton, WA until 1970. She stayed at home while raising her youngest daughter and next worked at Ingersoll/Rand Company in Tukwila, WA. Finally, she returned to the Boeing Company in the late 80's and retired in 1993.
Georgia loved music and it was a key part of her life. The first instrument she learned to play was the violin. She was also an avid piano/keyboard player and had a wonderful voice as well. Additionally, she loved to dance as a young adult and well into her retirement years.
Georgia “Ruth” is survived by her brother Bob (& Marilyn) Ragle of Renton, WA. She has two daughters; Linda (& Will) Ghere of Renton, WA and Denee (& Matt) Pettit of Kent, WA. She has eight grandchildren. Linda's two daughters are Tina (& Josh) Colman of Renton, WA and Rochelle (& Erik) Weustenhoefer of North Bend, WA. Denee's six children are Kyle Bennett of Black Diamond, WA; Kayla Bennett of Renton, WA; Kelsey (& Brendan) Fisher of Puyallup, WA; Nathan Pettit of Port Orchard, WA; Nick (& Faith) Pettit of Clovis, NM; and Lianne Pettit of Kent, WA. Georgia’s two great-grandsons are Emmett and Graham Fisher of Puyallup, WA. Georgia’s extended family includes her nieces, nephews, and cousins. She loved her family deeply and they loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; George and Flossie Ragle; two husbands, Jack Stanberry and Richard Staley; and two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Doris Bickford. Family and Friends are invited to her memorial service on June 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Highlands Community Church 3031 NE 10th St. Renton, WA 98056. Please R.S.V.P. to Denee or Linda. A private graveside service will be on a later date.
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