Barker, Ruth Baldwin
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of Milwaukee WI passed away on April 14, 2013 at the age of 84. Ruth lived in Wisconsin for the first half of her life and in Scottsdale AZ for 41 years from 1971-2012. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, in the Chapel at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley AZ. The burial will take place in June at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids WI.Ruth was born on April 6, 1929 in Chicago IL, the oldest child of Emily Mead and Henry Perrine Baldwin II. She was married to her beloved husband, Hartley Bass Barker, for 60 years. They are survived by 4 daughters: Emmy (Steve) Stanley of Chicago IL, Helen (Bruce) Ambuel of Brookfield WI, Sally Bartels of Colorado Springs CO, and Lisa Barker of Tucson AZ; 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; one sister: Emily (Tom) Nissley of New Canaan CT; and two sisters-in-law: Cathy Barker of Madison WI and Carol Ede of San Francisco CA. Ruth was an active member and major philanthropist of many civic organizations in both Wisconsin and Arizona. She was a Girl Scout leader and camp counselor, Sunday school teacher, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the Auxiliary of the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale AZ, and Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley AZ where she served as a Stephen Minister. Ruth and Hartley were inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame in 2000. They were major donors in Arizona to the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, McCormick Railroad Park, Phoenix Art Museum, and Scottsdale Healthcare. Beneficiaries in Wisconsin include the YMCA of Door County, Peninsula Players, The Ridges Sanctuary, Ephraim Historical Foundation, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Incourage Community Foundation. Ruth and Hartley were founding donors of the Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Ruth served on many Boards, including the Board of Directors of Consolidated Papers, Inc. of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Phoenix; the board of Directors of the Ephraim Historical Foundation; the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society; the Door County Auditorium board, and foundation boards of the Door Co. YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Healthcare, Incourage Community Foundation, and Door County Community Foundation. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother (G.G.). She was an example of quiet perseverance, courage, and commitment. Her family will miss her sweet, modest, yet determined presence. Memorial contributions can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85257 or Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley AZ 85253. Arrangements in Milwaukee entrusted to Feerick Funeral Home (414) 962-8383. Notes of condolence for the family may be sent to www.feerickfuneralhome.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 28, 2013