Ruth Gould Stebbins(February 23, 1919 - March 29, 2013)

Ruth Stebbins passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 29, 2013.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 23, 1919, she led a full, productive and eventful life.

She grew up in Newton Center, Massachusetts, the third of four children born to LeRoy and Florence Gould.

She graduated from the local high school and then attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She excelled at Colby, earning a Phi Beta Kappa key while being active in many college activities, including the Chi Omega sorority.

At Colby, she also met the love of her life, Roger Stebbins, whom she married in November of 1940.

The two of them led a full, adventurous life, gaining long-lasting friendships wherever they lived, first during the World War II years at several Army posts around the country, then in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; Leonia, New Jersey; San Gabriel, California; Mercer Island, Washington; and Honolulu, Hawaii.

They came to spend their "golden years" together in Sequim.

During most of her adult life, Ruth was an active member of PEO, including the Sequim chapter.

During World War II and for several years in San Gabriel while her children were growing up, she held several jobs that tapped her skills in office administration. She was always a supportive mom, encouraging her kids to participate actively in school and community organizations, and to grow into responsible adults.

She was always dedicated to her church, which for the past 23 years has been St. Luke's Episcopal Parish in Sequim.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Roger.

She leaves behind her two children, Robert and Marjorie; her grandchildren, Leslie, Linda and Sharon; two great-grandchildren; and her extended family across the country and the many wonderful people of the Sequim community.

Memorial services will be held at St. Luke's, 525 North Fifth Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382, on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, any gifts of remembrance may be donated to St. Luke's or a .

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 5, 2013