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Date published: 3/28/2013

Ruth Thompson

On Monday March 25, 2013, Viola Ruth Thompson, 91, passed from this life and entered into eternal rest and peace.

She lived life to the fullest as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and beyond.

Born in Emden, N.D., to Edwin and Emma Beilke, one of eight children, her early years were occupied with helping work a large farm and attending school. During World War II, Ruth worked in the shipyards of San Francisco with her sister, Elda. She married Nathan, a Navy veteran from Partlow, and, during the next 20 years as a Navy wife, traveled up and down the East Coast from New London, Conn., to Key West, Fla. They settled in Annandale after Nathan's retirement and became members of Hope Lutheran Church, where she worshipped for the next 54 years. Ruth worked for many years with the Fairfax County Food Service, retiring after 21 years as a food service manager.

In her later years, after Nathan's death, she moved to the Hermitage independent living facility in Alexandria, where she spent the rest of her life as a fully active volunteer in many social activities.

She leaves behind sister Elda; two brothers, Erwin and Martin; a son, Bruce Thompson (Julanne) of Bowling Green; a daughter, Janice Sienkiewicz (Richard) of Alexandria; grandchildren James Thompson (Kellie) of Fredericksburg and William Thompson (Ashley) of Goochland; four stepgrandchildren, Mark Ryckman, Jeana Ryckman-Wood, Troy Ryckman and Ryan Ryckman; great-grandchildren Kaytlyn, Kari and Andrew; and great-great-grandchild Kasen.

The entire family, including many nieces and nephews, will miss this wonderful person.

Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield is handling the arrangements.