July 28, 1940 – January 31, 2017 Ruth Leigh Dills Houghtaling was born in Topeka, Kansas on July 28, 1940. She passed away at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, WA on January 31, 2017. She worked in the Everett, WA School District both as a speech and hearing therapist, and as a special education teacher. She retired in 2000. Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Mary, in 2015. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, David, of Everett, WA; her daughter, Mary, of Lake Stevens, WA; her son, Scott of Edmonds, WA; her daughter, Kristi, of Piscataway, NJ; her granddaughter, Ally, of Lake Stevens, WA; her grandson, Jared, of Fribourg, Switzerland; her granddaughter, Amy, of Marysville, WA; and her grandson, Zachary, of Seattle, WA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017 at Solie Funeral Home, 3303 Colby Avenue, Everett, WA.


    Ruth was one of the finest people I have ever known. What a difference she made in my life. We were best friends in 1956 and shared many wonderful experiences in Japan. I saw her once in 1958 in Hawaii as I passed through to serve a mission for the Mormon Church in Japan. She will always be remembered in my mind as exceptional. She is now with her Father in Heaven and at peace. God bless her family and friends.