Ruth Carmichael (1933 - 2017)

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Ruth Lee Young Carmichael died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, at 84 years of age. She was born on July 19, 1933, in Santa Fe, N.M., to parents Jay Lee Young and wife Maria Marquez. They lived in Santa Fe until 1940. Ruth had two sisters: Maria Lena Young and Shirley Young.
Ruth was married to Larry Carmichael on April 26, 1957, in Riverside County, Calif. They had two sons: Lawrence Jay and Timothy Paul. She and Larry moved from California to Anchorage in August 1959. Ruth and Larry loved animals, so much that a total of 23 dogs, two cats, two horses, three rabbits, fish, hamsters and three spider monkeys graced "the farm" at one time.
From 1959 to 1969, she worked for Flight Standards at Merrill Field. Ruth and Larry were divorced July 1969. She took a job as an Administrative Secretary at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, from 1970-1974. She returned to Anchorage in 1974 and continued working for the FAA. She also worked as Administrative Secretary in Brussels, Belgium, from 1983-1985. Ruth retired from the FAA, and worked for the Alaska State Troopers Headquarters as an evidence clerk. She retired again and lived in Anchorage until the time of her death.
Ruth is survived by her sons, Larry and Laura Carmichael of Anchorage, and Tim and Amy of Urbana, Ohio. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Brandon, Jacob "Jake" and Rebecca "Becca." She loved all of her kids, by blood and by informal adoption. They span the nation from Alaska to Ohio and today have heavy hearts. "Mrs. C" to some, "Ruth" and "Mrs. Carmichael" to others, she took in many friends of her boys, either for a second Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner: for some, it was their only chance around the table with "family" during the holidays. Ruth also raised Boston bull terriers and Chinese pugs.
Funeral services were at Immanuel Baptist Church on Dec. 10, 2017. Please direct any communications to Larry Carmichael at [email protected].
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2017