Ruth J. Ashworth

Ruth J. Ashworth was born March 27, 1935, in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Charles and Frances Savage. She passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her children and life-partner on Saturday, June 7th, 2008, in Bellingham, Washington. Ruth fought a battle against small-cell lung cancer, and wanted others to know that early detection and treatment has great value for life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Edward Savage, and her son Ray D. Ashworth.

She is survived by three of her four children, Annette R. Felton and Charlotte D. Wenger, both residing in Vancouver, WA, and son Scott D. Wenger of Ferndale, WA. There are five grandchildren whom she enjoyed spending time with. She is also survived by her loving life-partner for her last 12 years, Marian G. Beddill of Bellingham, WA. Her ashes will be carefully spread in places that she loved.

Ruth was a graduate of Marblehead, Mass. High School, and Syracuse University, New York, with degrees in art and education. She practiced painting, was a probation officer, taught high school and community college and retired from teaching in El Paso, Texas, before moving to Bellingham, WA, to be closer to her children.

Ruth had an independent and loving spirit, was an accomplished artist, a teacher, a humorist, and a very caring person. She was a devoted member of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. She was a former member of the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso and attended the family camp in the New Mexico forest for 30 years, making the journey by car and motorcycle.

Ruth had a wry sense of humor, known to all her friends. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing the recorder, performing skits, and playing word games. Ruth enjoyed her garden, watching wildlife, and had a fondness for bunnies. She volunteered for years with the Whatcom Literacy Council, tutoring English as a Second Language. A loyal Mariners fan, Ruth cheered the team to victory against Detroit a week before her death.

There will be [was] a Celebration of Her Life on Saturday, June 21st, at 2:00 PM at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1708 I Street. She would be pleased by donations in her name to the Whatcom Literacy Council, the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, or the Bellingham Food Bank.

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(ps: there will be [was] a party after the formal service, as she specified.)