Victor Johnson
Edith May Quayle
Ruth Isabelle Johnson


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1. Rev. David Roderick Beecher

Ruth Isabelle Johnson 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 3 May 1915, Chicago, Cook, IL 2 3 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Rev. David Roderick Beecher on 18 Jul 1933 in Chicago, Cook, IL 1 2
  • Died: 1 Oct 2009, Hockinson, Clark, WA at age 94 2 3 5
  • Buried: Grovetown: Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Columbia, GA 3

   FamilySearch ID: K2XV-BFF.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1930 in Chicago, Cook, IL. 7 The 1930 census recorded renting at 1210 Astor Street: Victor Johnsen, janitor in apartment building, 40, living with wife Edith, 38; and daughters Ruth, 14, and and Edith, 12. The daughters were born in Illinois. Victor and his parents were born in Sweden. Edith and her parents were born in England. They both immigrated in 1909 and became US citizens.

2. Newspaper: Lincoln Evening Journal: Births: Rev. and Mrs. David R. Beecher, 3618 So. 49th. announce the birth of a daughter Thursday morning at Bryan Memorial hospital. Mrs. Beecher was formerly Miss Ruth Johnson., 4 Aug 1938, Lincoln, Lancaster, NE. 4

3. Census in 1940 in Kearney City, Kearney, NE. 8 The 1940 census recorded at 116 26th Street: David R. Beecher, clergyman, 30, born in Pennsylvania, living with wife Ruth I. Beecher, 24, born in Illinois, and daughter Macella M. Beecher, 1, born in Nebraska. In 1935 they were living in Chicago, Illinois.

4. Census in 1950 in Olney, Richland, IL. 9 The 1950 census recorded at 127 South Elliot St: Rev. David R. Beecher, clergyman, 40, living with wife Ruth, 34; Marcella M. 11; and Ruth J., 9, and David V. C., 3, born in Illinois. The other children were born in Nebraska, Ruth in Illinois and David Sr. in Pennsylvania.

5. Residence: on 13 Mar 1993 in Scottsdale, Maricopa, AZ. 10

6. Obituary: Camas-Washougal Post-Record: obituary of Ruth Johnson Beecher on 6 Oct 2009 in Camas, Clark, WA. 2 Ruth Johnson Beecher died Oct. 1, 2009. She was 94.

She was born to Victor Johnson and Edith Quayle Johnson on May 3, 1915, in Chicago. Victor a Swedish immigrant, and Edith, an immigrant from the Isle of Mann both arrived at Ellis Island on the same day, but on different ships. They met and married in Chicago.

In 1933, Ruth graduated from the Mendelsohn Conservatory of Music in Chicago with a piano performance major. At 13, she was the youngest student to enter Mendelsohn. She taught piano and organ for many years, and had a long career as a church musician in 10 different states.

She married David Roderick Beecher from Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1933, after graduating from Seminary in Chicago, David has a long career as a minister in several states, and served as an Army Chaplain during World War II. His work required Ruth to make many moves across the country.

Ruth's magnetic personality and quick wit were influential with all who met her and she was loved and admired. Humor and music warmed the atmosphere in all of her husband's ministries, but it was her devil's food cake that really sweetened things.

She is survived by her daughters, Marcella Shaw of Vancouver and Ruth Williams of Liberty, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Vivian Flouhouse of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Lt. Col. David R. Beecher; son, David; two grandsons, Darren and Andrew Beecher; her parents; and sister, Edith Marshall.
Ruth will be buried in Augusta, Ga., beside her husband.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., at Battle Ground Baptist Church. Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth married Rev. David Roderick Beecher, son of Calvin Milton Beecher Sr. and Jane Hannah Brown, on 18 Jul 1933 in Chicago, Cook, IL.1 2 (Rev. David Roderick Beecher was born on 5 May 1909 in York, York, PA 11 12 13 14, christened in Wernersville: St. John's (Hains) Reformed Church, Berks, PA, died on 22 Jan 1984 in Augusta, Richmond, GA 11 14 15 and was buried in Grovetown: Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Columbia, GA 14.)


1, Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960 (Cook County Clerk, comp. Cook County Clerk Genealogy Records. Cook County Clerk’s Office, Chicago, IL: Cook County Clerk, 2008.), Marriage of David Roderick Beecher and Ruth Isabelle Johnson, 18 Jul 1933.

2 Camas-Washougal Post-Record (Camas, Clark, Washington.), 6 Oct 2009, obituary of Ruth Johnson Beecher.

3 Find A Grave,

4 Lincoln Evening Journal (Lincoln, NE), 4 Aug 1938, page 5. Births.

5 Find A Grave,

6, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922, Birth of Ruth John, 3 Mar 1915, Chicago, IL. Father Nels Otto Johnson, mother Birdie Sophie Lorentz.

7 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 484; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 1593; Image: 857.0; FHL microfilm: 2340219.

8 1940 United States Census, David R Beecher, Ward 3, Kearney City, Kearney Township, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-24, sheet 17A, family 427.

9 "1950 United States Census," David R Beecher Olney IL.

10 The Lancaster News (Lancaster, Lancaster, South Carolina.), 17 March 1993. Deaths of David V. C. Beecher, Darren Beecher, Andrew Beecher.

11 U.S. Social Security Death Index, null, Jan 1984; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

12, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1.

13 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: York Ward 12, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1435; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375448.

14 Find A Grave,

15, Georgia Deaths, 1919-98 (Original data: State of Georgia. Indexes of Vital Records for Georgia: Deaths, 1919-1998. Georgia, USA: Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, 1998.), David R. Beecher, died 22 Jan 1984, Richmond, Georgia, age 74 years, resident of Calhoun County. Death certificate 003709.

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