Nov. 29, 1924 - April 29, 2014
Our mother, Ruth Aaron, passed away April 29, in Woodland. Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved Thomas N. Aaron, husband of 57 years.
She is survived by her children, Greg Aaron of Sacramento, Jim Aaron of Greensboro, N.C., Mary J. Andrade of Woodland, and Ken Aaron of Portland, OR; four grandchildren, Thomas Waldron, Ashley Waldron, Matthew Aaron and Stacey Aaron.
Ruth was born into the Czech community of Spillville, Iowa in 1924 and lived most of her early life in Calmar, Iowa. She moved to Oakland, CA after WWII where she met and married her husband, Tom stationed in the Navy. They moved to Menlo Park, CA where they raised their four children and lived from 1952 until 1998 when they moved to Woodland, CA.
Wherever Ruth lived she was loved by those who knew her. She always greeted people with a gracious smile and a helping hand. She loved stories and was a wonderful listener, especially about her children and grandchildren whom she was very proud.
She gave generously of her time wherever she saw need. Ruth was very active in Catholic ministries including Bible study and distributing communion to the convalescent homes. She volunteered at Woodland Skilled Nursing Home well into her 80's. Other volunteer work, very dear to Ruth's heart, included being a "cuddler" for premature infants at the Stanford Hospital.
Wherever Ruth lived she loved nothing more than to share a delicious meal with much loved family and friends. The venue could be at home, in a restaurant, or around a campfire. Ruth will be remembered by so many whose heart she touched with her faith, her generosity, and her beautiful smile.
A memorial Mass and reception celebrating Ruth will be held on May 20 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 301 Walnut St., Woodland,beginning at 10:30 a.m. The family requests that instead of flowers being sent, that charitable donations be made in her name to one of Ruth's favorite organizations: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) or Smile Train (for children with cleft palate).