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Ruth Lorraine Lafferty

April 15, 1931 - October 27, 2017


Ruth Lorraine Dubay Lafferty passed away October 27, 2017, at the age of 86 in Salem.
Ruth was born April 15, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. Her family moved to Gold Beach, Oregon where she met the love of her life, Lee Max “Rusty” Lafferty.  They married January 20, 1951, and made homes together in Gold Beach, La Grande and Salem.  Ruth worked for several years at Salem Hospital before many happy years of retirement with Rusty.
Ruth was a gifted quilter, painter and gardener.   She loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and spending time with family and friends.  To quote a friend, “she was a great lady!”
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents Leon and Cora; husband Rusty; brothers Victor and Eugene “Mick” Kohn; granddaughter Alexis Lafferty and grandson Dale Williams.
She is survived by sisters Leona Schumacher, Mary Brown and Nina Moore, brother Leon “Lee” Dubay; daughters Janet Lafferty, Karen Stone and Linda di Pietro; sons Bill and Mike Lafferty.  Grandchildren include Megan Hogland, Sarah Kendall, Tyler Lafferty, Danielle and Carly di Pietro.  Great-grandchildren are Justice Hogland, Benjamin and Keira Smith-Williams, Aubrey and Noah Kendall.
Services will be 11 AM on Thursday, November 9 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE.  Burial will be in Gold Beach May 9, 2018 at 11 AM.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Marion-Polk Food Share, a local food bank of your choice or the Forest History Center at the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem.

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My sincere condolences to the Lafferty family on your loss. She was indeed a great lady. Death is indeed an enemy as the Bible says at 1 Corinthians 15:26. 
Sometimes because of the pain and suffering of good innocent people it can make us wonder “Why do good people suffer and die?” When I lost my dear mother and father to cancer it was heartbreaking. I found a great deal of comfort from the scripture at Revelation 21: 4 that says “ And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
I hope in some small way this has given you hope and comfort. 



Sending love and prayers to the family. She was such a great lady. She will be missed. She was like a mother to me. We had a great relationship. I loved her dearly. Annette and Kim Diemer