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Ruth Elma (Gibbons) Brooten

March 22, 1935 - November 23, 2019

Ruth Elma (Gibbons) BrootenElma was born and raised in Salem, graduating from Salem High School in June of 1953.  She married Mark H. Brooten, November 6, 1954.  He passed away August 31, 1991.
During her employment years, she worked as a stenographer for the State of Oregon Unemployment Department and later for the Oregon Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
When her children were preschool age, she worked at a private kindergarten for 5 years.  Later, she worked at Brush College Elementary School, retiring in February 28, 1998 after 31 years.  She worked as a combination Instructional Assistant and Office Assistant.  After the first 10 years, she worked exclusively as a Clerical Specialist in the office.
Her favorite pastimes included reading and playing the piano.
Following her husband’s death she began playing the piano at Capital Park Wesleyan Church for 21 years and became a member.
Her son Gary Brooten preceded her in death by 2 days.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Chuck Atkinson.  Granddaughters, Heather Brooten and Tory Atkinson.  Two great grandsons, Larry and William Bittle.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Capital Park Wesleyan Church, 410 19th Street SE, Salem, Oregon on Saturday, March 28th at 2:00pm.

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I felt very blessed to be dear friends with Elma, since shortly after we first met in 1979.  I truly enjoyed working with Elma in the Brush College Office, where she was such an encouragement in teaching me the office duties.   

outside of working together for 17 years, we were dear friends, who shared our love of family, reading, music, & our faith in our Heavenly Father.  Elma had such an incredible faith, & she often shared her faith with me, during the 40 years that we were dear friends.  I will truly miss her kindness, & our friendship talks over the years.