While the rest of us are busy with last minute Christmas preparations, former mayor Bob Pudlo is preparing to lay his wife to rest. Marilyn Pudlo died December 17th, just two days shy of her 78th birthday.
She was one of the last of our current residents to spend her entire life in Ruston. Marilyn was born at home, in a house on Pearl Street to Les and Gertrude Tallman. Les worked at the smelter early in the 20th century and served as town marshal for a time. He had 9 children. Marilyn followed suit with a large family, raising 6 children of her own in Ruston.
Marilyn served our community. She attended every council meeting over the years when Bob was mayor. She helped plan Ruston's centenial celebration in 2006. She dyed and hid Easter eggs for local kids two generations ago, then helped stuff plastic eggs when the tradition was revived a few years ago. She helped put together successful street dances back when Owen Gallagher was mayor. She carried memories and details about this town that are forever lost now.
A funeral is planned at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor for Friday, December 28th at 11am. Rest in peace, Marilyn. Thank you for your service. You will be missed.