It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Ruthann Williamsen who passed away after a short illness on January 23rd, 2020. She was 77 years young. Ruthann was born in Seattle, Washington on May 29th, 1942 to Ruth and Thomas Williamsen and was the middle child between Tom Williamsen and Kay Williamsen Anderton. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she was a free spirited kid in a conservative community who preferred to wear slacks over dresses, and much to her parents chagrin, loved to ride horses bareback.
She met her husband Joe Osoro in college where they both attended the Church College of Hawaii and were married on August 24th, 1962. Joe and Ruthann had three daughters Cindy Osoro, Sandi Osoro, and Amber Osoro. She was a loving and proud grandmother to their 9 children.
Ruthann was an amazing educator who taught kids from every elementary grade level and pioneered co-teaching before it was a mainstream concept. She and Joe loved to travel! She was active no matter where they landed, even teaching in Saudi Arabia, where they lived on and off for 10 years. Ruthann was an avid reader, participating in book club gatherings with her many friends. She loved to knit, even taking time to teach this skill to others. She loved to garden, planting the most beautiful beds full of anything that would bloom, in each house they lived in. She loved the outdoors be it walking, biking, hiking, and especially golfing.
Happiness was a big theme throughout Ruthann’s life and she was game for almost any adventure! She was quick to laugh and passionately chose to view life with a “cup half full” attitude. She was fast to make new friends and loyal to one’s she had for a lifetime. Her legacy and generous spirit will live on in all of us who will miss her dearly.
The family plans to host a celebration to honor her life at some date in the future, but in the meantime, please feel free to share a story about Ruthann on the Tribute Wall.