MARTIN, Ruth Stewart
Ruth Stewart Martin, 81, passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family on June 20, 2013. Her last months were spent in her home with frequent visits and phone calls from family and friends. Ruth lived a wonderful, productive, and happy life touching many!
Ruth was born in Los Angeles on November 17, 1931. She was a fourth-generation Californian as her great-grandfather, Lyman
Stewart, moved west and was the founder of Union Oil, and co-founder of Biola University. She leaves behind a large family including three children; Leslie Martin Thompson, W. Lawson Martin III, Laura Stewart Martin Stone and their spouses, fourteen grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, her sister and brother-in-law Frank W. and Barbara Stewart Jameson, their children William S. Jameson and Ruth Jameson Pasqueletto, and many cousins.
Ruth was raised in Pasadena where she attended Polytechnic school. Her high school years were spent at the Master's School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She then attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA, lived in San Francisco several years with friends, then moved back to Pasadena where she married William L. Martin II in 1953. She lived in San Marino for most of her adult life and was active in many community groups and volunteer endeavors including Friends of the Library and Reading for the Blind. She was also an award-winning actress in various community theater groups including the San Gabriel Community Theater and the Nine O'clock Players.
In her later years she enjoyed spending time with family, working with computers, gardening, reading, and meeting monthly with a group of her community theater friends aptly calling themselves "The Incredibles".
An open memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday June 27 at the San Marino Community Church.