Ruth Arends Carlson
Bay St. Louis, MS
Ruth Arends Carlson passed away peacefully at her home in Bay St. Louis, MS on July 17, 2013. Ruth was born on November 18, 1931 and was presented for adoption at the Cradle Adoption Agency in Evanston, IL. On January 4, 1932 she and her twin brother, Arnie, went home with their adoptive parents. Ruth grew up in Coral Gables, FL and Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Her happiest childhood memories were of summers spent at the lake in Newaygo, MI with her father and her beloved Aunt Peggy. She attended boarding school in Windsor, Ontario, graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and attended Michigan State University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Ruth's adoptive parents passed away when she was still a child and that experience left her with a profound desire to create and nurture a family of her own. She was married at Christ Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and resided there until moving to Bay St. Louis in 1962 with her husband, two daughters and a baby on the way. A resident of Bay St. Louis for over fifty years, Ruth was known to say that although she wasn't born in the South, she got there as fast as she could. Ruth valued education greatly - both her father and aunt were college professors - so she returned to college and received her B.A.in English from the University of Southern Mississippi at the age of 47. Before her marriage Ruth worked for American Airlines; she resumed her career at the age of 38 at The Sea Coast Echo and then became a social worker for the City of Bay St. Louis. She retired from Johnson Controls at Stennis Space Center where she was an accomplished technical editor. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church Altar Guild, Daughters of the King, Hancock County Republican Executive Committee, Republican Women's Club, Hancock County Historical Society, Toast Masters International, Bay/Waveland Garden Club and Bay-Waveland Yacht Club. A gifted writer and meticulous note-taker, Ruth was chosen to be Secretary of virtually every organization to which she belonged. Everything Ruth did, she did perfectly; she did not approve of short cuts. For the people and causes that were important to her, there was no limit to her efforts. She leaves her family and many dear friends a legacy of boundless love, sharp wit and sacrificial generosity. Ruth is pre-deceased by her former husband, Alben Carlson and her brother, Arnold Arends. She is survived by her daughters: Susan Boudreaux of Pass Christian, MS, Alane Young (Allan) of Pass Christian, MS, Cheryl Goodnow (Guyer) of Norwell, MA; her grandchildren: Aimee Garner (Doug), Austin Boudreaux, Alex Boudreaux, Michael Boudreaux, Chase Young, Madeleine Young, Win Goodnow and Hale Goodnow,; and her great-granddaughters: Lilly Garner, Charlotte Garner and Emery Boudreaux. Visitation at 2 pm, services at 3 pm, reception to follow at Christ Episcopal Church in Bay St. Louis on Monday July 22, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Church Memorial Garden Fund, 912 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520.
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Sun Herald on July 21, 2013