Ruth Maryanne Britch (1921 - 2017)

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Long time Anchorage, Alaska, resident Ruth M. Britch, 96, died on Dec. 18, 2017, at Anchorage Pioneer Home.
Ruth was born on March 10, 1921, in Wakefield, Mich., to Fredrick and Jennie Deacon. In 1926, her family moved to Seattle, Wash., where she attended school. She graduated from Roosevelt High School. After high school, she attended the Cornish Art School in Seattle for two years, and then four years at Los Angeles College of Design. While in California, during World War II, Ruth worked as a draftsman for the Douglas Aircraft Company for two years.
Ruth returned to Seattle, where she met Joseph Britch, an army friend of her brother stationed in Alaska during World War II. They married in 1946. After a trip to New York, they moved to Anchorage, where they made their home and raised their family.
Ruth graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage in 1973. She taught art in the Anchorage School District and Anchorage Community College. Art was her passion, as she established an art studio in her home where she did printmaking, watercolor, drawings, paintings, silk screens and multimedia work. She continued developing her artistic skills by studying clay sculpture at UAA. As an accomplished artist, her work has been represented in many shows and in public and private collections. She was a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society and the Alaska Plein Air Painters. She belonged to the Alaska Artist Guild from its inception and also worked at the Visual Art Center.
Ruth took great enjoyment in raising her six children, and loved holiday gatherings and fun summer reunions with her children and grandchildren. She loved taking trips around the state with her husband and children. She also enjoyed her sketching and painting trips around Alaska and Canada.
After retirement, Ruth and her husband of 52 years enjoyed traveling together to places within the Lower 48 states, Europe, Argentina, and Brazil. Almost every spring, they traveled to Hawaii.
Ruth was preceded in death by Joseph Britch, her husband; and Margaret Mary, a daughter who died shortly after birth.
Ruth is survived by her children: Bonnie (John) Loperfido of Stillwater, Minn., Robert (Barbara) Britch of Anchorage, Barbara (Robert) Craig of Fernley, Nev., Marian (Al) Hunter of Anchorage, David Britch of Anchorage and Michael (Barbara) of Tigard, Ore. Ruth had 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick's Parish, 2111 Muldoon Road, on Jan. 30, 2018, at 11 a.m., with a lunch reception following the mass in the parish hall.
Interment will be with her husband and infant daughter at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery later in 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to an organization of your choice.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2018