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GOLD, RUTH C. (nee COHEN) 87 - of Margate, passed away on June 25, 2012. Born in her parents home in Philadelphia on April 27, 1925 daughter of Joseph and Laura Cohen. She is survived by her daughter Martha Stein, Gold-Holster (Ned) of Sanford, North Carolina; son, Barry Stein of Phoenix, Arizona; brother Herbert E. Cohen (Faith) of Philadelphia; grandson, Jonathon Gold; nephew, David J. Cohen and many other relatives. After being a secretary for a brief period during the early 1940s, she was a self taught seamstress becoming an expert in all phases of handwork including upholstery, drapes, slipcovers and needlework. She served as a volunteer for several years with the American Red Cross. In 1993 she applied for the position of Assistant Curator at the Atlantic County Historical Society in Somers Point for which she was readily accepted. The Curator, Fred Ehrhardt, mentored her until she was named Curator in 1995. She thoroughly enjoyed giving extensive tours of the Museum providing detailed and historically significant background and information to the visitors. She was primarily responsible for numerous extraordinary huge hanging exhibits including two well received Quilt shows and a display of American Flags. Ruth learned to love everything about museum work. She ultimately developed a deep passion and love for the work. She cared for each and every item in the Museum's extensive collection whether on display or in storage. The Museum and its staff of volunteers became a second family to her. Myriam's Dream Bindery, first located in Pleasantville, then and presently in Atlantic City was another of her loves. She learned that trade masterfully as well. She provided the necessary love, patience and skill to restore life to the most damaged of books including the printing on a cover or binding. She took great pride in each finished piece. Ruth was the focus of numerous articles on the Museum and its works over the years. She received many awards, certificates of recognition and honors. Two of her most prized were the Atlantic Heritage Center's Bringing History To Life Award and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance Paul Aiken Encore Award. Her knowledge will live on with all those with whom she interacted. Ruth always conducted herself as a lady and with a great deal of pride and passion. Services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Atlantic County Historical Society (formerly the Atlantic Heritage Center), 907 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 AM. Donations can be made to the Atlantic County Historical Society in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home.
Published in The Press of Atlantic City from June 28 to June 30, 2012