Ruth Herford Gainer


Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2005



Ruth Herford Gainer died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 86.

Her ashes will be interred next to those of her mother in Portland, Ore., following a memorial service there at the end of this month.

Mrs. Gainer was born April 4, 1918, in Bear Creek, Mont. She was a high school graduate and attended college to obtain her real estate broker's license. Most of her life was lived on the outskirts of Portland. In August 2002, she moved to Alaska to be near her daughter.

During the 1950s and '60s Ruth worked at and managed the office of the Clackamas Water District in Clackamas, Ore. She was elected to the Water District Board after she resigned her employee position. In the 1980s and '90s, she became a real estate broker and started her own business, Clackamas Town Realty, selling residential and commercial properties. She sold her last property just a year before she could no longer live alone.

Mrs. Gainer was a member of the United Church of Christ for more than 50 years.

"She had many gifts and talents. She was an excellent seamstress, made beautiful porcelain dolls, made dollhouses and created beautiful miniature doll furniture," her family said.

"Ruth was a very humble person, was gifted in encouraging and supporting others, and she had a graciousness that drew others to her right up to the time of her death. She faced cancer over 20 years ago, and lived with Parkinson's disease and blindness with great courage. Her Christian faith was her foundation. Her spirit remains an inspiration to many."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merwin Gainer; brothers, Lu and Jack Herford; and sister, Beatrice Sidor.

Mrs. Gainer is survived by a son, Glen Gainer of Milwaukie, Ore.; daughter and her husband, Linda and Ron Jacobsen of Soldotna; granddaughter, Karin Jacobsen; grandson and his wife, Leif and Heidi Jacobsen; great-granddaughters, Gloria, Grace and Moriah; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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