Elizabeth Ruegger Beed
Elizabeth Ruegger Beed went to be with the Lord on May 27, 2018 in Newberg, OR after living with Parkinson's for a number of years.
Liz was born September 3, 1930 to Swiss immigrants Frieda Oppliger Ruegger and Otto Ruegger, joining brother Max in Westmorland, CA, where they grew up on a farm and enjoyed being part of the Swiss community that had settled in the Imperial Valley. Liz graduated from Brawley High School in 1948, then earned her BA in Elementary Education from Redlands University. She was teaching 3rd grade in Brawley when friends set her up on a blind date with Roger, starting a courtship that ended in marriage on September 3, 1955. Liz continued to teach until their daughter Linda was born in 1959. Shortly after, the family moved to Wyoming where they ranched for eight years. Denise and Barb joined the family in 1961 and 1963. After three years in Pasadena, the family settled in Sherwood, Oregon, farming onions in Gaston. Liz worked in the Raggedy Ann room at Hopkins Elementary School, in the office of the Newberg Graphic, and volunteered at the Newberg Library.
Family was always a priority and Liz was involved in her children's activities, whether it be leading Girl Scouts, youth group, or being the field boss of the weeding crew at the onion field. Liz will be remembered as cheerful, a good listener, accepting and loving all who came into her home. Even when she faced challenges, she met each day with a peaceful smile, a kind word, and brought joy to others. She enjoyed her garden, canning and reading, and always served a home cooked meal that included dessert.
Remembering and honoring her life are her husband of 63 years, Roger; her daughters Linda Beed, Denise Brooks, and Barbara Jackson; sons-in-law Kevin Brooks and Mike Jackson; grandchildren Stephanie Fay, Sara Jackson, Joseph, Ryan and Vaibhav Brooks, as well as other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Attrell's Funeral Home in Newberg on June 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. The family will hold a private service on June 23. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Parkinson's Foundation or Newberg FISH. To share memories or leave condolences, go to www.attrells.com.