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10/8/2012 8:35:00 PM
May Louise Rampton

May Louise Rampton, 96, passed away Aug/ 19, 2012, with her family by her side at her home in Lacey, Washington. She grew up in Lehi, Utah, the oldest of four children. Her father, David Mitchell, was a school district Superintendant and President of the Utah State High School Athletic Association. Her mother, Martha Glazier Mitchell, was a musician and pianist with the local symphony. College days were spent at Utah State University where she majored in Dramatic Art and Psychology.
Louise met her husband, Leonard, in college and they were married in 1937. They lived in Corvallis, Oregon where Leonard had a Senior Fellowship in Forestry. He was then appointed to the Forest Service and they moved to remote locations, including Agnes on the Rogue River, John Day, Ochoco, Prineville and Twisp. From there the family, now including a daughter and son, moved to Chelan, where Leonard was the District Forest Ranger for 12 years. During this time Louise worked at the public library. She was a member of the Garden Club and joined Eastern Star.
When Leonard was transferred to Union, Oregon Louise went back to school at Eastern Oregon University and graduated in Education and Library Science. She then taught school there for 7 years. They moved back to Chelan after Leonard retired in 1968. Louise worked for the Chelan School District as Librarian and teacher. She had fond memories of her teaching days in Chelan. She retired in 1978.
Louise and her husband enjoyed traveling. They went to Guatemala, Honduras, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. Her favorite trip was with the Smithsonian to the Southwest of the United States.
Louise and Leonard moved to Panorama City, Lacy, Washington in 1989. They enjoyed the many activities and social life of this senior community. Leonard died in 1993. Volunteering was a big part of Louise's life after Panorama. She served on the Library Board, the Benevolent Fund Board and the Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Committee. She was also a lifetime member of the Timberland Library and a member of the American Association of University Women. Her hobbies included bridge, reading and needlework.
A memory that Louise recounted was about a trip she took when she was 12 years old to the Four Corners Area of the Southwest with a friend whose father was a collector of bird's nests and eggs for the Smithsonian. She became very good at blowing the eggs and packing them for shipment to Washington D.C. She visited many Navajo and Hopi Villages at that time.
Her involvement with the Southwest was also a part of her commitment to education. She was invited to the Navajo Indian Reservation on a Ford Foundation Grant and helped to set up the Junior College Library there.
Louise is survived by her children, Martha Rutishauser and David Rampton; her son-in-law, Richard; her daughter-in-law, Janice; her grandson Matthew Rutishauser and his wife, Carey Kuhn; her brother Ralph Mitchell and his wife Ann; and many nieces, nephews and their children. Donations may be sent to Providence Hospice, Olympia, Washington.

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