August 31, 1916 - Nov. 11, 2011
Born in LaJolla, Calif., to immigrant parents from Switzerland and Sweden, Ruth was a twin, and one of five children. Her only brother was killed on the U.S.S. Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor.
Her father, Albert, was a renown horticulturist who worked for Mr. Scripps in LaJolla, Calif., for years, then was hired away to run the exotic plant operation for railroad magnate Henry Huntington, in San Marino, Calif. The family lived on the Huntington Estate for years, and the children attended San Marino schools.
She retired to Talent, Ore., with her husband, Cecil, in 1990. She is survived by her son, David, and his wife, Jo, of Fair Oaks, Calif.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Alberta.