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Ruth Baldwin Barker

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Barker, Ruth Baldwin 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 AM 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 Wisconsin Historical Foundation, PO Box 260050, Madison WI 53726-0050.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 28, 2013
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