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Ruth Wingate

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Ruth (Ruthie) Wingate February 3, 1939 June 5, 2013 Ruth was born in Ukiah, California, to Alvin and Olive Adams. Alvin was a PG&E lineman, trapper and hunter. Ruth often went deer hunting with her dad. Her mother was a first grade school teacher. At the early age of 10, Ruth became a caregiver for her father who succumbed to ALS. She fondly remembered the good times spent on her grandfather's ranch in Potter Valley, near Ukiah, horseback riding and playing in the barn with her cousin. Ruth graduated from Ukiah High School in 1956 and went on to U.C. Davis where she obtained a degree in Home Economics. During the summer before the 10th grade she met her future husband, Len, at Camp Noel Porter, an Episcopal Church camp at Lake Tahoe. They met again at U.C. Davis and were married in August, 1959. Ruth gave birth to Don in 1960, Jeff in 1962, and daughter Leslie in 1965. Ruth's love of travel began with a two month driving trip in Mexico in 1964. She had purchased a book called "Mexico on 5 Dollars a Day" and followed it religiously, guiding her husband and two boys on the journey she had mapped out. In December 1966, the family moved to Redding. Ruth raised, nurtured and managed her family, and then just Len, until his retirement in 2003. During those years Ruth was always involved in school activities, the Old Shasta and Redding Art Faires, League of Women Voters, AAUW and the Shasta County Women's Refuge. She was known for giving great theme parties and being the "Soup Lady." For awhile she made huge pots of soup and sold dinners on Wednesdays to working families. In 2003 Ruth and Len began 7 years of part time travel around the United States, Canada and Mexico in their motorhome. They also enjoyed trips to Europe. Ruth loved Baja California, the lifestyle and the people. For several months of each year she made sure that time was spent in her beloved vacation home on the Sea of Cortez. In 2010, Ruth and Len returned to Redding full time to be with their many wonderful friends. Ruth's journey with Alzheimer's ended on June 5, 2013. Her beautiful smile stayed with her almost to the end. During the last years of her journey she had wonderful friends and caregivers providing angel-like support and assistance. In addition to her husband and children Ruth leaves four beautiful granddaughters. If you would like to make a donation in her honor it can be made to the Golden Umbrella Adult Day Health Care Program in Redding, The or to the Shasta County Women's Refuge. A Celebration of Ruth's life will be held on July 5, 2013 at 5PM at the Riverview Golf and Country Club in Redding.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on June 23, 2013
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