RUEDE—Rebecca “Becky”, 61, passed away Aug. 17, 2017, and went to be with her Lord.
She was born May 20, 1956, in Clintwood, Va., to John (Bob) a n d Jeraldine Robinson. She had 3 sisters. The family moved to Florence in 1960.
She met the love of her life, Rick Ruede, at Siuslaw High School, and they were married Aug. 29, 1972. Together, they built two homes, remodeled several homes and opened and operated West Coast Auto Body. They were each other’s soulmates, best friends and enjoyed always being together.
Rebecca and Rick were blessed with a son, Erick, and a daughter, Heidi.
Rebecca loved being a stay- at-home mother and when her children began school, she started her life as a vivacious career woman. Her first posi- tion was at Peterson Drug Store; she was Executive Director of the Florence Chamber of Commerce for eight years, which helped her career in working with the local merchants and becoming involved in the local business community.
Her career at US Bank as a personal banker led to her becoming Branch Manager for 18 years. There, she won several awards including two Pinnacle Awards and was an ambassador for US Bank.
Throughout her career, she volunteered and served on several committees: President of the first Christian Woman’s Club, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary, Boys and Girls Club, Soroptimists and attended Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Rebecca’s political career began in 2009 on the Dunes City Council before becoming Mayor for Dunes City in 2011.
She was instrumental in settling controversies and was able to listen to both sides and resolve many issues. One of her biggest achievements was organizing the annual Dune City Triathlon.
Although she was always willing to help others, she found time for several hobbies. She loved spoiling her grandchildren, water skiing, snow skiing, oil painting, sewing, golfing, singing, gardening, scuba diving, spend- ing time with friends and shopping, shopping, and shopping while also finding time to write several poems.
Rebecca is survived by her husband, Rick; her son Erick Ruede, of Florence; her daughter, Heidi Pruett, of Springfield; grandchildren: Megan, Alexander and Andraison; her mother, Jeraldine; and sisters: Tammie, Connie and Patty.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Robinson.
A celebration of her life and achievements will be held at the Florence Events Center on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rebecca Ruede memorial fund. These may be left at the memorial celebration, at the US Bank of Florence, through a GoFundMe account in her name, or with Burn’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home, which will handle cremation arrangements.