1930 ~ 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, UT-Ruth Emily Brooks Pruitt, age 82, passed away at her home in Olympus Cove on June 20, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was an eleven-year cancer survivor, but her death came quickly and peacefully.
Ruth was born July 30, 1930 and raised in Atlanta, Georgia by parents Jay Wallis Brooks and Emily Crook. She was one of four children and attended Georgia State University in Atlanta. She married Robert G. Pruitt, Jr. in Atlanta on September 7, 1952 (they first met as High School seniors). She and Bob, after he graduated as a geologist, moved to Butte, MT, where Bob worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1956 they relocated to Salt Lake City, where Bob attended U. of U. Law School and ultimately became a Mineral Lawyer in SLC. Ruth was a homemaker and mother to four children, becoming President of the Utah Bar (lawyers) wives auxiliary and active in community affairs.
Ruth was a remarkably people-oriented person - she loved everyone, and everyone loved her. She was a charter member of Mt. Olympus Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout leader, a member of the board of the M.S. Society, and active in P.T.A. and child reading activities. She received an award from Guadalupe School for 20+ years of service to their students. Her children and family were central to her active life, and she is survived by her four children: son Bob Pruitt III, a lawyer residing in Park City; daughters Bonnie Weiss and Sandy Fishler, both in SLC; and son Bill W. Pruitt, a TV executive producer in Los Angeles. She is also survived by her husband and a sister, Dorothy Reich (in Georgia), and eight grandchildren, all grown up and scattered around the globe.
After the children went away to college, she and her sister, Dot, traveled extensively, and after her husband retired they both traveled worldwide - she loved travel and experiencing the world, and she saw it all. Late in life she took up watercolor painting and became a very proficient artist of natural landscapes, flowers and still-life. She won several awards for her paintings and was active in the Utah Watercolor Society, where she made many close friends. As a long-term breast cancer
survivor, she became a friendly patient at Utah Cancer Specialists, where the clinic staff brightened up whenever she entered the facility. The family wishes to praise Dr. Nitin Chandramouli, her oncologist, and the cancer clinic staff, Dr. Paul N. Weiss (a son-in-law), her very personal radiologist, and the staff at CURO Hospice.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the indoor Orangerie at Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, to commemorate her life and passing. Plan to stay later for visiting and refreshments. Condolences to PruittSLC@aol.com