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RUTH E. DAWSON


1922 - 2014 In Memoriam Condolences
RUTH E. DAWSON In Memoriam
RUTH ELINORE DAWSON June 9, 1922 ~ January 20, 2014 Ruth Elinore Dawson, 91, most recently of Red Bluff, CA, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2014, in her home at Lassen House (Red Bluff), following a brief decline. She was a warm and devoted friend and mentor to many. Ruth was born at Enon Valley, PA, to William Albert Noggle and Olive Hennon Noggle on June 9, 1922, and was raised on a farm there; she graduated from Mt. Jackson High School, and attended Westminster College. She was married to Frank Rufus Dawson of Midland, PA, on September 3, 1942. They shared 65 years of marriage until his death in 2007. They raised their two children, Barbara and David, in Santa Barbara, CA. Ruth was active in Santa Barbara in Adult Education, the Republican Women's Club, and the Women's Auxiliary for Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally) - as President for the later organization, she achieved a national reputation for the success of her managerial and fundraising skills. She also enjoyed many years' service as a volunteer in the studios and office of Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, of which she was quietly proud. Ruth enjoyed a creative life, her interest included clothing design and construction, needlework and music. Ruth and Frank traveled extensively in their later years, and developed enduring friendships around the world. She was a gracious and welcoming hostess, and her home was often full of friends and family - one of the treasured mementos of her long life is a tablecloth, embroidered with the signature of every guest who sat at her table, color coded by year. Ruth is survived by her daughter Barbara Mudd (of Red Bluff), son-in-law Seeley Mudd, grandchildren Elizabeth and Carter Mudd, and her son David Dawson (of Bloomington, IN), and son-in-law Alexander Scott. She is also survived by her sister, Marjory Emery, of Waxahachie, TX. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Ruth will be interred in Santa Barbara Cemetery, next to her husband Frank; a simple grave-side service is planned for early March.
Published in Daily News on Feb. 11, 2014
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