Ruth's musings

I have been dealing with breast cancer for a while, and have been sharing my journey with friends, family, and prayer partners. This blog brings all my updates together in one place, and leaves me free to muse on other parts of my life. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One last post

Ruth's long battle with breast cancer ended at 8:15 p.m., Nov. 19, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Paul, her sons, Matt and Tim, and two brothers, Tony and Andrew.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Falls Church, Virginia. ( There will be a viewing from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Murphy Funeral Homes, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia (

Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


  • At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Tricia Lydick said…

    Paul, Matt, and Tim,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Ruth was a wonderful person who brought special meaning to my life.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Much love,
    Tricia L.

  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger Susan C said…

    I only know Ruth through this blog, but admired her zest for life and her love for her family and friends.

    I am so very sorry to hear of her passing.


  • At 8:38 AM, Blogger Diane said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy,

    I knew your mother from the Cooks Reward group on the Internet. She taught me so much about going through hard times with dignity, grace, a sense of humor and and a strong faith in God. She will be greatly missed. My love to all three of you. May God bless you.


  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Sonia said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy.
    She was so proud of all of you!

    I too knew Ruth from the Cooks Reward group. She will never be forgotten by the rest of us. Like Diane said so well before me, Ruth taught us with her example of going through the hard times with much dignity, grace and yes, humor. Her faith was unshakable.

    I will always remember her admonishings to do our self exams and get our mammograms.

    Ruth, I just did!


  • At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Sarah Liberta said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy,

    I'm another of Ruth's CR friends, the proud recipient of a set of her knitted kitchen "cloths" a few Christmases ago. Though we never met in person, I felt I knew and loved her dearly.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all her loved ones. I'm sure her strength, love, and humor will help you through this sad time.

    With warmest regards,

    Sarah Liberta
    Baton Rouge, LA

  • At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Ruth was a special talented woman. I have many fond memories of our knitting and crochet groups together.

    Please let us know about any arrangements.


  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy,

    I am another of Ruth's friends from Cooks Reward. She was such an inspirational woman. You could tell she was always so proud of her family.

    I am sorry for your loss and you are all in my thoughts and prayers,

    Jennifer Hoekman
    Truckee, CA

  • At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When Ruth attended our knitting group she was always energetic, cheerful and kind. There was never any doubt how much she loved her family as she spoke of them with great love and fondness. My condolences to you and your family.
    ~Nina Casey

  • At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And here is another of Ruth's Cooks Reward friends. Ruth, as I knew her through this glass window between us, was cheerful and sturdy and lovely. My condolences to all of you.

    - Jessica Weissman

  • At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I only knew Ruth through her attendance at knitting group, but have been following her battle. She was indeed a special woman and her reach was wider than you all will ever know. My thoughts are with you as you continue your own journeys.

  • At 4:43 PM, Blogger Janet said…

    Dear Paul Matthew and Timmy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Ruth will be missed dearly here at Living Savior Preschool. She was the church secretary and a very special part of our preschool family. Not once did she ever complain about her illness. Yes she asked for hugs but that was easy to give to Miss Ruth. She was an inspiration to all of those who knew her. She loved God, her faith and most importantly her family. She blessed us with her smile, her singing, guitar playing, witty sense of humor, her yummy bread at Christmas time, her love for dark chocolate, Oldies music (which she played loudly in the summer when no one else was around), flavored coffee, passion for the theatre and so much more every day. To know Miss Ruth was to love her and we all loved her. Please know that your family and Miss Ruth are in our thoughts and prayers. She will not be forgotten.
    Love, Janet

    You made it across the river Miss Ruth. Peace be with you and your family. Lots of love, Miss Janet

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Angel40 said…

    Paul, Matt, Tim,
    I'm another friend from the Cooks Reward Group. Ruth's courage, strength, and faith, were an inspiration to all of us. She taught us how to live life to the fullest in the face of adversity. She will be greatly missed. Your journey is over, rest well, Ruth.

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    I am so sorry for your loss!

    I enjoyed getting to know Ruth through our cooking group.

    She will be missed.

  • At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy.

    I'm so, so sorry to hear this. Ruth was a dear friend, a generous soul, and a bright light in many people's lives. I had hoped that we would have her longer. My heart is with you all.


  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous faithexnihilo said…

    I knew Ruth through her blog. We have corresponded by letter but of course never met face to face. I feel like now I will have a chance to know her better, and will be praying for her eternal rest. God bless you, Ruth.

  • At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Val and Judy Albert said…

    Dear Paul, Matt and Timmy,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ruth was a wonderful person and fought so heroically against cancer. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Judy, Val and Daniel Albert

  • At 12:37 PM, Blogger Trisha Q said…

    I am a friend of a friend. All of you as well as Ruth will be in my prayers.

    Saratoga, CA

  • At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Timmy, Matt, and Paul,

    My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. Ruth is a wife and mother who loved you all deeply and continues to do so, and in that sense, you are more fortunate than many other people. It's so hard to lose her, though, and I am so sorry.

    Cindy Young, Timmy's English teacher last year

  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Dena said…

    I own Christian Crochet at Yahoo Groups and Ruth was a member. We had her on our prayer list and prayed for her often. While we praise the Lord that she is with Him now and out of pain, we also sorrow with you, her family, as you go through this time of grieving. We will be praying for you.

  • At 4:55 PM, Blogger erin meagan said…

    I watch youtube videos and this made me upset.
    I have been reading this blog for not very long, but I was still affected.
    I'm so sorry.

  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    I knew Ruth only through her blog.
    She fought the good fight with courage and faith in God. May she rest in the arms of Jesus. God grant comfort and peace to her family and friends.
    Sarah Z in Mich.

  • At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Jene Nelson said…

    This is very sad news that I just learned after reconnecting with Ruth last year.

    We worked together at KOAA-TV, and even though I hadn't seen her or talked to her in a long time, I remember her fondly.

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a terrific lady that made a lasting impression on those she met.

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger David Haas said…

    I have a question about your blog. Please email me!


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