Ruth Evelyn Bakken, born Ruth Evelyn Grim, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2012. She was 99 years old. Ruth was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She led an illustrious life filled with the excitement of a career in nursing and her marriage to Morrie whom she joined in Heaven with her sons, Bruce Kevin and Lee Alan Bakken. |
Ruth and Morrie married in New Jersey in 1949 with Morrie's father the Reverend Irwin Morris Bakken presiding. They embarked on a three month honeymoon excursion from the East coast to the West. In Laguna Beach a bartender told them to go south to La Jolla where Morrie could possibly find work. That was all it took for them to discover and fall in love with La Jolla. They settled in and raise their three boys.
Morrie went to work at the Willis Allen Company and Ruth would manage the now Park La Jolla Apartments in Bird Rock where they lived. She and Morrie were featured in stunning photographic advertisements for the apartment's promotions. Ultimately she would work at Scripps Hospital on Prospect Street in La Jolla where their three boys were born.
In the meantime she continued to help her husband with his industrious career as a top salesman and manager as well as President of the La Jolla Real Estate Broker's Association. Ruth was busy in her community volunteering, running a Cub Scout Den and enjoying lazy days on the beach at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Ruth was also an avid golfer; once beating, in a handicap match, PGA Professional Paul Runyan at the La Jolla Country Club. She loved and devoted herself to all kinds of animals. There was never an animal she couldn't attract! She was a strong-willed, heart driven and a caring person who will forever be missed.
Ruth is survived by her son, Kyle Bakken; daughter-in-law, Joby; grandchildren, Paige Bakken and Rory (Rachel)
Bakken; daughter-in-law, Jean Kester; and grandchildren, Shauna (Solo) Ahmed and Elizabeth (Derek) Clark; and great-grandchildren, Judah Bakken, Hailey and Torin Ahmed and Nathan Sleeper.
Rest peacefully, we love you mom.
Published in La Jolla Light on Feb. 14, 2013