10/17/1915 - 09/16/2015 Obituary
Mother always said, somewhat jokingly, that she was going to live to be 100. She didn't quite make it, but we'll call it good.
Ruth was born in Wenatchee, WA, to Conrad Winn and (Lulu) Myrtle Tucker. She was the first born, followed soon after by James and Mary. As a toddler Ruth contracted typhoid fever and was not expected to survive by the doctor. She did and was required to learn to walk for the second time. She forever after exhibited a strong constitution and suffered only minor illnesses.
The Winn family moved many times during Ruth's school years. Times were tough and the promise of better opportunities to provide for one's family found the Winns moving from place to place in the Pacific Northwest and California in hopes of capitalizing on those promises. Eventually the family settled in Bakersfield and Ruth attended and graduated from Kern County Union High School (now BHS). In 1934, Ruth attended a church sponsored softball game. A handsome young man sitting high up in the bleachers behind her began tossing peanut shells at her. They were married on January 3, 1935. Ruth and Newell were married 80 years. They were inseparable and truly epitomized a commitment based on love and devotion. They were members of First Christian Church (now Mill Creek Christian Church) for many years.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Connie and Myrtle; her siblings, Jim and Mary; her beloved sister-in-law, Bernardine Winn; and her husband, Newell, as well as virtually all friends and acquaintances of her and Newell's generation. She is survived by her three children, Judy Davidson, Janet Cejka (Ken), and Kenn Green; Linda Green; grandchildren Jael Kneath, Cindi Rawski (Ben), Amber Davidson, Julie Nichols, Greg Cejka (Sophia), and Andie Minner (Chris); great grandchildren Benny and Brookie Rawski, Amanda and Brian Nichols, Christina and Erin Cejka, and Michael and Ernie Minner.
The family would like to thank Hoffman Hospice for their superior service and support and requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Hoffman Hospice building fund in memory of Ruth and Newell Green.
A memorial service for Ruth will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Mill Creek Christian Church, Truxtun and S Street, Bakersfield, at 11:00 a.m.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 30, 2015
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