Posted On November 9th, 2012 -

MARTHA BUBBLES SMYTHE RUSTON Passed away in the early morning of Oct 20, 2012, in Florence, Oregon. She went peacefully & quickly with the melodic voices of favorite Hawaiian Musicians playing in the background. She had been diagnosed 5 days before with Metastatic Lung Cancer. Born Martha Stillman Smythe on May 28, 1928 in Kohala to Bob and Pet (Robinson) Smythe. The Smythe family later moved to Oahu and resided in Manoa Valley. Martha attended Lincoln and Stevenson schools then later graduated in 1945 from Roosevelt – English Standard School. There she received her nickname “Bubbles” for her bubbly personality, quick wit and entertaining sense of humor. She worked as a supervisor for the State of Hawaii, Department of Social Services with 40+ years of service. She married her husband Bill. They traveled extensively in their motor home and all over the world until settling in the small town of Florence on the Oregon coast. Bubbles was past President of the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club, past member of the Prince Kuhio Chorale Group and the Ka’ahumanu Society. She remained a long standing member of the Daughters of Hawaii, as the granddaughter of Mrs. Jane Stillman Smythe. Bubbles was also a member of the Florence Friendship Club & Florence Bridge Club. Bubbles is survived by her husband: William L. Ruston of Oregon, daughter and son in law; Tiare H. and W. Scott Burgess of Honolulu, granddaughter: Eva Tate H. (Maluhia) Reierson of New Zealand, sister: Eva N. Rudolph of Ohio, brother; Robert W. Smythe, Jr. of California, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many devoted friends. Private Services were held at Bubbles’ request and donations may be made to the Daughters of Hawaii or the organization of your choice, in her name. Condolences maybe emailed to or mailed to 1456 Thurston Ave #703, Hon.,HI 96822

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