The Odessa Record -


Ruth L. Sackman


Mom was born November 16, 1920, in Dryden to John and Mary Hoff Isaak. She had nine brothers and sisters: Gordon, John, Ione, Florence, Viola, Eva, Harold, Carl and Alvin. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and she went to live with her mother's parents, John and Mary Hoff, and her mother's seven brothers and sisters. She attended High School in Odessa and married Herbert Martin Sackmann in 1939. They lived on the Sackmann dryland wheat farm 15 miles south of Odessa and raised a daughter and three sons.

Dad died in 1971, and mom moved to a condo in Spokane. She was involved in the Spokane Club, ballroom dancing, Deaconess Hospital, walking and fitness. She traveled extensively, to Egypt, Africa, Japan, Australia, etc. She traveled to the U.S. Midwest and East, visiting relatives and tracing her family ancestry. Her children also loved to vacation with her, in Alaska, Mexico, Kauai and even gunk holing up the Inland Passage through Canada to Alaska in a 20' boat or 28' catamaran. She moved to Othello in 2009 at age 89.

Her surviving children and their families are: Daughter Sandy Moody, teacher, B&B operator in Twisp, and husband Bill, smokejumper and fire-fighting consultant, their son Mike and wife Soo with two boys and daughter Mary Katherine.

Son Steve, attorney in Othello, and wife Jackie, legal assistant, daughter Robyn with three children, daughter Nikki and husband Darren with two children, son Brandon and wife Kat with two boys and son Cedar.

Son James, CPA, CFO retired, in Selah, his daughter Michelle and husband Bryan with two children, son Jason and partner Angie with two children and daughter Jessica, dental assistant, and husband Chris, coach and P.E. teacher, with three children.

Mother was preceded in death by her youngest son Jack due to cancer. Mom was a great mother, elegant, positive and fun. We all miss her very much.

An informal celebration of her life is planed or Saturday, October 15, at the Othello Golf Course, W. Bench Rd., Othello WA 99344 from 1 to 4 p.m. with buffet served at 1:30. Mom will be interred at the Odessa Cemetery with her husband and son in a private ceremony.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Old Time Fiddlers, 23 Road M NE, Othello WA 99837 or Coventry House Assisted Living, 430 N. 2nd Ave., Othello WA 99344.

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