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Ruth KNIGHT Of Seattle and Rancho Mirage, California, died at age 81, January 26 at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage after a 30 day battle with Sepsis caused by a sudden staph infection. Born May 24, 1924 in Long Beach, California, Ruth married Charles Knight on April 17, 1945. Ruth was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. At age 81, she was still playing singles tennis matches and was a nationally ranked senior tennis player. She won the Seattle Tennis Club singles championship five times. She was a founder of the Kingco Interclub Tennis League. In 2003, she was selected to the U.S.A. Friendship Cup senior team for competition in Austria. Ruth was in constant demand as a piano accompanist, and she inspired music students and friends with her love of music, including charitable performances at senior centers in Seattle and California. She was also famous for her role as the Easter Bunny at her annual Vashon Easter Egg Hunt. Her energy spread joy to everyone she met. Ruth is survived by her husband of 60 years and three children: Dick Knight and wife, Karen of Redmond, Wa., Marilyn McDougall and husband, Mark of Sammamish, Wa., and Robert Knight of Rancho Mirage; grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey Knight, John McDougall, Jenna Hansen, David Knight, Jason McDougall, Matt McDougall, Darren Knight, and Ashley McDougall; great grandchildren, Kaylee Hansen, Jessa Knight, Grant Hansen, Lucy Knight, Isaac Hansen, and Abby Knight. Memorial Tribute, Saturday, February 4th, 5:00 p.m. at Seattle Tennis Club. Remembrances suggested to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research or http://www.sepsisforum.org.
Published in print from 1/28/2006 – 1/29/2006.