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Ruth Ice


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Ruth Ice Obituary
Ruth Ice, writer, bilingual social worker and mother of six, died peacefully on July 22nd, 2016, in Ft Collins, Colorado. Despite Alzheimers, she was fully engaged with life to her final days. Born on November 24, 1928, in Buffalo, New York, she was the only child of Grace Ernisse and Francis Ice. After high school, she worked in a factory before starting her BA at Ohio Wesleyan. In 1959, she received an MA in French History from Ohio State University. She moved to Waltham in 1958 with her beloved late husband, Eugene Victor Walter (Vic) and his three children, and then to Brookline in 1964. From 1974-1976 the family lived in Manchester, England, where she joined her first womens group and traveled in Europe. Ruth loved to sing, read, meditate, ride her bike, sail, swim, skate, camp and travel, including treasured trips to Cuba and the Dominican Republic. While raising six children, she published short stories and a book about family therapy, as well as writing two novels. A radical thinker with a passionate belief in social jus tice, she attended conferen- ces, demon- strations, and Friends Meeting, becoming a proud war tax resister. At the age of 65, while working full time, she completed her Masters in Social Work from Boston College, studied Spanish, and did community social work with English and Spanish speakers; eventually she opened a private practice, which she continued with compassion and grace until the age of 82. She lived independently in her own home until 2015, when she moved to Ft Collins with her daughters. She is survived by her six children, Lacey McLean, Claudia Rush, Ian Walter, Natasha Walter-Fisk, Jenia Walter, Alexandra Walter, and her three grandchildren, Gioia Fisk and Oksana and Tatiana Kindiuk. If you wish to contact the family, please email [email protected]
Published in The Brookline Tab from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15, 2016
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