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Ruth Moline Culbert

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Ruth Moline CULBERT Ruth Moline Culbert died on May 22nd, 2004, at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor at age 93. Ruth was born in Hiteman, Iowa in 1911. As a child she moved to Tacoma with her family, graduated from Stadium High School in 1930, and obtained her teaching degree from the College of Puget Sound. Ruth was a classroom teacher for 40 years, beginning her career in the Sumner school district in 1936. She worked in the Tacoma school district from 1941 to 1976, teaching business education, English, drama and typing at Lincoln, Stadium and Foss high schools.In the late 1920s, Ruth met her lifetime companion and future husband, Sidney Culbert, who preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth and Sid shared lifelong loves for ballroom dancing, world travel, and speaking and teaching Esperanto, an international language. They also shared a lifetime commitment to peace and justice. They were both active members of the American Civil Liberties Union, and many international organizations that promote peace and provide relief to the suffering.Ruth also enjoyed international recognition as a playwright and director, writing in both English and Esperanto; her plays were performed on three continents in a variety of venues. Locally, she was involved with the Tacoma Little Theater for years, and participated in a number of other local theater productions. None of these bare facts can possibly capture Ruth's indomitable élan, her material and spiritual generosity, or the passionately optimistic path she traveled through life. Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband and friend, Sidney Culbert; sisters Mildred Moline Wilbert Mace, Helen Moline Carlson, Naomi Moline Warren, and her twin brother Leonard Moline of Gig Harbor. She is survived by her niece, Janet Convery of CA., niece by marriage, Gretchen Wilbert of Gig Harbor; great niece Kris Giordano (Carl) of CA.; great nieces Cindy Greenfield (Tom) and Martha Lambert (David); and nephew Jeff Wilbert (Judi), all of Gig Harbor. She also leaves behind five great-great nieces and nephews. At Ruth's request, there will be no services. Donations of remembrance can be made to Epworth LeSourd United Methodist church in Tacoma, the ACLU, the Esperanto League for North America, or any organization which promotes world peace and eases human suffering.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 29, 2004
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