Mary Ruth Barton

La Jolla, CA, Minnesota

Age 96

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We were proud to count Mary Ruth among our number. On behalf of the National Council and Board of Trustees of Mortar Board, I offer the most sincere regard for her lifetime of scholarship, service and leadership and my deepest sympathy for your loss.

To the Family of Mary Ruth Barton - We never met your mother but feel that we know her through her beautiful home on Lake Superior. We are at Horozon now for a week and spent a week here last spring, as well. My sympathy to all of you. She lives on, here on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. Blessings. Deb, Maryellen, Deborah, Alice

Kittie... I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing.

Kittie, I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing.
She was such a colorful character in our childhood. It always felt like she was the leader of a pack of smiling-faced kids, much like Peter Pan, rather than like the traditional "moms" of the 50's. I admired her. It was always an adventure visiting your house. Happy to hear the rest of her life was as fascinating. My thoughts and prayers to the rest of the pack.

Mary Ruth has a legacy of great grandchildren: Daniel and Leah Frantz, Luke, Evan, and Adam Kinney, Jacob and Arden Sur, Brandon, Jordon, and Gideon Nees, Georgia, Scott, and Caiden Chivers, Daniel, Bethany, Addison, and Olivia Williams, Lydia and Ezra Andersen, Lola Williams, and Finlay Williams.

Loved and missed by her grandchildren, 13 in all: Heather Kinney, Erin Sur, John Frantz, Ellyn Avila, Peter Nees, Meredith Williams, Liz Chivers, Betsy Andersen, Katie Nees, Dan Williams, Seth Williams, Ben Williams, and Andrew Barton.


Mary's Obituaries

Barton, Mary RuthMary Ruth Odell Barton, mother and mentor, passed away on March 30, 2013 after a full life of 96 years. Mary Ruth was born in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Jay Geddes and Ruth Esther Odell. She was raised in St. Paul, MN, attending University High, then studying history at the...

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