Ruth Mooney passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. She was 96 years young with a clear, sharp and beautiful mind. Ruth was born on April 19, 1917, in Needham, Massachusetts, to Alfred Leafield and Augusta Parks. |
She started her young working life as a nurse during which she found love and married Paul Mooney who became a renowned physicist and inventor in the field of Optics. They shared an adventurous life together through Paul's work with the government which transported and transplanted the family all over our country. They finally settled in California and Ruth lived the last 27 years of her life in La Jolla.
She was an avid reader and contributor to the "The Friends of La Jolla Library". Everywhere she lived, she created lasting friendships. Ruth was a true patriot and always interested in the issues of the day. She was a Chef extraordinaire and showed off her talents especially around Christmas time creating ginger bread houses and all the other Christmas trimming delights.
Ruth is survived by her son, Paul; daughter, Frances; three grandchildren, Damon, Karen and Brian; and three great-grandchildren, Sidney, Brooklyn and K'leo. She is also survived by three of her five siblings, Lucy Keith, Ale Parks and Edith Manning; and a very long line of nieces and nephews.
She was an extraordinarily strong woman who valued family above all. Her gracious and caring manner was constant. Everyone in our family would turn to her for advice because all knew she would be straight and open minded in her approach. Her words were always wise and centering. She ran deep into our souls.
Published in La Jolla Light on Dec. 24, 2013