Ruth Davidson Bleiler passed away peacefully at Hearthstone Health Center in Round Rock, Texas, at the age of 91.
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Born in German Township, Pa., on Aug. 31, 1918, she graduated as a registered nurse from Washington School of Nursing in 1940.
She married Graham Bleiler in May 1942 on the eve of his being deployed overseas as a pilot in the Pacific Theater.
Back on the home front, Ruth worked as a Rosie the Riveter when not nursing. She continued working and being an officer's wife until they adopted their only child, Cheryl, in 1960. When Graham retired from the military in 1962, the Bleilers moved to Bozeman, where Ruth was an active member of Eastern Star and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She went to work at Vera's Fabrics in 1972 and managed the store for the next fifteen years.
She returned home to Washington, Pa., in 1993 and finally settled in Central Texas to be near her daughter's family a decade ago.
Ruth was an accomplished seamstress and loved to crochet. She was one mean bridge player and had a keen sense of humor. She will be missed.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Graham; brothers, Jack and Roy Davidson; sisters, Sara Butera and Merle Darroch; and granddaughter, Kelsey Veldman. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Veldman; son-in-law, Gregory; granddaughter, Marissa Pearl; sister, Virginia Canaan; and brother-in-law, William, as well as many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Hearthstone, who cared for Ruth so faithfully over the last 15 months. We should all be so well cared for, so, to that end, we would like to encourage, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Washington School of Nursing: http://uwfoundation.org/giving_opps/school_college_campus_opps/nursing.asp
Open visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, Austin, TX 78717. The family will be present from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9 a.m.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 28, 2010