RICHLAND — Charlotte J. Rutherford, 88, died Dec. 24, 2017, in Richland, Wash. The daughter of Ralph T. and Francis Montag, she was born in Portland, Oregon on June 29, 1929. She graduated from Catlin Gabel School in Portland.
In her teen years, she was a member of the Columbia Hunt Club; she loved horses all her life and competed in show and jump events. She was also a princess at the Pendleton Round Up.
Charlotte lived on the Peninsula in Ocean Park from June 1978 to 2002, when she moved to Richland to be closer to her son.
She was a member of a Vancouver bowling team. She was very active in the Ocean Park Eagles, and a volunteer with ReachOut Thrift Store as well as volunteering her time at various hospitals. Survivors include her sons, Ralph Wiebe of Richland and Kyle Rutherford of Seaview; her grandchildren, Tommy Wiebe of Seattle, Charlotte Rutherford of Ocean Park, Kendall Maroquin of Silverdale, Jared and Adam Rutherford of Seaview, and Rachael Rutherford of Seattle; plus great-grandchildren, Sarah, Gabriella, Anabel, Amiya, Kalii, Kinslee, and K.
Her brother, Ralph (Mike) Montag Jr., and her parents preceded her in death.
Both her heart and her laugh were as big as she was and her spunky personality leaves all who knew her with so many wonderful memories.
There will be a private family gathering at a later date.