Ruth Virginia Lidden Seibels departed this life on December 2, 2012 after a brief illness.

She was born on August 31, 1920 and was preceded in death by her husband William Temple Siebels.

The couple lived for many years in Montgomery where Ruth worked for the Alabama Cattle's Association. The couple later moved to Mobile where Temple served as the Entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Theodore.

Ruth met Temple when she took violin lessons from his mother, Fanny Marks Seibels.

Ruth became an accomplished violinist, and would later play in the Mobile Symphony. Ruth was also the inspiration for Mrs. Seibel's book Wishes are Horses, which tells of Mrs. Seibel's life as a concert violinist. The first female conductor of the Montgomery Symphony, Mrs. Seibels began each chapter of her book with "Dear Ruth Virginia" and structured the book as a series of letters to her daughter-in-law.

Ruth, with her husband Temple, who was an expert horticulturist, sold flowers at the Montgomery Curb Market. Temple later cultivated a new camellia he named "Japonica Ruth Seibels" after Ruth. The camellia first appeared in the Camellia Handbook in 1975.

After Temple's death Ruth moved to Westminster Village in Spanish Fort where she continued to play her violin, and share her skills with others. She donated and extensive shell collection of her husbands to Weeks Bay Foundation where it is on display at the Foundation office. Later Ruth resided in the Brennity in Fairhope and remained there until her death.

She is survived by her niece Julie Temple Seibels Northup of Ashville, North Carolina, her nephew Robert Emmet Seibels, III of Montgomery, Alabama, cousin Priscilla Scholes of Plant City, Florida and a cousin Donald Benton Finely of Parkton, North Carolina, as well as numerous other cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held on December 12, 2012 at 2:00pm at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery and a Celebration of Life for Ruth will be conducted at Westminster Village in Spanish fort on December 21, 2012 at 10:00am.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations should be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Daphne, St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery or the Montgomery Symphony.





FOLEY, AL 36535

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Dec. 9, 2012