Ruth Silvey was born on Dec. 9, 1914, in Harvey, Illinois, to her Swedish parents, Minnie and Knut Anderson. Throughout her life, Ruth spoke with pride about her Swedish ancestry. She grew up and attended school in the small town of Harvey, a few miles south of Chicago.
In 1933, she married Morris Silvey at the Federated Church in Harvey.
Following her parents and older brother, Laverne, to California, the couple moved to El Monte, California, in 1939, with their two young sons, Norman and Douglas. Soon after the move, a daughter, Marla, was born.
Ruth’s husband died in 1987, and Ruth never remarried. She moved to an apartment in Costa Mesa, California, to be near her daughter, Marla Markert. In 1990, following Christmas card exchanges with her Swedish cousins, Ruth and her three children (Marla Markert, of Oceanside, California, Douglas Silvey, of Lynnwood, Washington, and Norman Silvey, of Dallas, OR) were invited to visit relatives of Knut Anderson in Sweden.
Ruth’s dream of seeing the “old country” of her father came true.
In 2009, when son Norman and his wife Barbara, moved from California to Oregon, Ruth was excited to visit. Each year from 2009 to 2014, Ruth would spend about three months with them in Dallas, OR. While she was here, she met and made numerous friends. During these six years, she attended Sunday service at Evangelical Bible Church with her son and daughter-in-law.
Ruth took great pride in her seven grandchildren, her 12 great-grandchildren, and her two great-great-grandchildren. She was present at many of their birthday parties, graduations and weddings. Some called her Mimi, and some called her Gaga, but they all have similar reasons to celebrate their memories of her.
In the year 2014, Ruth was honored at a large family celebration for her 100th birthday. Many thinking that this would be the last time they would see Ruth were surprised to be invited to a party for her 101st celebration — then to one for her 102nd birthday. Then, in December of 2017, a party was held at the Markerts’ home for the family to honor and celebrate Ruth’s 103 years of life. The memories surrounding Ruth’s lifetime have been mostly positive, however, the 103rd year was marred with health issues and physical limitations.
Ruth did live to the exact day of her 104th birthday, Dec. 9, 2018. On that day, she left her physical body to be with her Lord in spirit.
On Dec. 24, 2018, Ruth’s ashes were placed in a niche shared by her late husband, Morris Silvey, in the Columbarium of Immortality at Forest Lawn of Covina Hills, California.
A memorial service to celebrate Ruth’s life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon on Feb. 2, 2019, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Costa Mesa.