Ruth Sheridan
1918 - 2020
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On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Ruth Sheridan passed away at Anchorage Providence Hospital. She was comforted in her passing by her daughter Lenore Sheridan, and her two housemates of forty-two years, Marion Brown and Lynne Prossick, Her three children survived her: Harry (Sandy), Lenore and Evelyn Sheridan; her grandchild Jack Sheridan and her great grandchildren, Logan and John. Her housemates, Lynne Prossick, Marion Brown and their sons Zachary and Benjamin Prossick-Brown, will miss her.

Ruth was born January 25, 1918 in Far Rockaway, New York. She was the second of four children and the last living child of Mabel Kantrowitz and Harry Weisman. Her father died when she was eleven. Her mother and aunts raised Ruth from that time.

Ruth was the only child to graduate from college (Brooklyn College). She left New York City, ventured to Chicago and began her career as a legal secretary. Ruth met her husband, Jack Sheridan, when he was stumping and recruiting members for the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) on a soapbox in Bug House Square, Chicago. They married in 1944.

Ruth worked outside the home but it did not preclude long bike rides with her children and service to the Wobblies' cause of one union per industry, and equal pay for all.

When Jack died in 1967 Ruth became the sole wage earner for the family. By 1969, when the children were established in their own lives, Ruth embarked on a radical new adventure with her new companion. She became a "BO" and they rode the rails across the country, picked apples, and drove the Alcan Highway to Anchorage.

Ruth joined Higher Ground Consciousness Raising Collective and found her own strength and identity. She joined Lynne Prossick and Marion Brown in buying a home and they have lived cooperatively for almost forty-three years. The three founded Ships Shoes and Sealing Wax Feminist book store.

Serving in peace delegations to Nicaragua, and El Salvador, Ruth continued to support equality, justice and peace for all peoples. She was a co-founder of Alaskans for Peace and Justice and Alaskans Concerned about Latin America (ACALA).

Ruth leaves behind a rainbow of friends. A listening ear, acts of loving kindness and acceptance were Ruth's special gifts of friendship. Her commitment to justice and loving peace was both personal and political.

A celebration of life of Ruth Sheridan will be held at the Anchorage Unitarian Fellowship on her 102 birthday, Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2:00-5:00p.m. There will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donations to your favorite social justice organization.


Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 19, 2020.
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February 5, 2020
My best during this difficult time. I met Ruth in September 1969 in Seattle when she was about to recruit apple pickers. A bond was formed and that bond was why I traveled to Alaska a year later. We last visited last August.
Maida Buckley
January 31, 2020
Ruth was an amazing person in so many ways. She fought for social justice her whole life and accomplished so much. I (and I'm sure all her friends) experienced her death as a painful loss. It's hard to imagine not having the wonderful Ruth with us any longer. Ruth, I will always miss you. Jim Parker, Asheville, N.C.
January 25, 2020
Thank you for a life fully lived, Ruth. You have been a wonderful model of grit, honesty, humor and compassion. The world is a better place for your being here, and you have been an inspiration and example to so many, your legacy will live on. You will not be forgotten.
Art
January 25, 2020
My thoughts go out to all of you who knew Ruth. My mother and father, Anna and Paul Dudak, were good friends with both Jack and Ruth. My mother kept in contact with Ruth after Jack died. The last time I saw Ruth and her daughters was a year after my mother died in l995 when they visited Burling Street. I was glad we could talk over the memories we all had about friends and family. It was a real fluke finding Ruth's obit and I was saddened to find out about her death. See was quite a lady! My
condolences go out to all who knew her.
Jodi Mills-Cerny
January 24, 2020
Blessings and honor to an extraordinary woman for an extraordinary life!! Prayers of peace and joy to those left in her very large circle of love . . . we are all forever blessed because we were touched by Ruthie's compassionate, servant heart!!

Will & Linda Johnson
January 24, 2020
Grateful for the life and witness of our dear Ruth.
Michael Burke
January 23, 2020
Smart, kind, interested and interesting. May we all have a life such as Ruth's to honor. I will miss her each week when I walk through the doors of AUUF.
Carol Harris
January 23, 2020
A beautiful woman with an infectious smile and quick wit, she showed us how to work for social, environmental, racial, and economic justice.
Karen J.
January 22, 2020
A very kind woman, fully used to folks remarking on her aliveness. I will miss her smile & quick wit Hope mine last as long.
bill sigler
January 20, 2020
My condolences to friends and family of Ruth. Uncle Harry you have our love and support in this time of loss. Ruth was an amazing woman who lived her own life, her way.
Kris Parker
Family
January 20, 2020
Ruth was one of the most beautiful people I have known. If someone was being discriminated against here or abroad Ruth would step up and help them with kindness and understanding. Ruth was our guest of honor at our Bernie Kickoff party last spring. She will be much missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire us to work for social, environmental, racial, and economic justice. I love you, Ruth! Thanks for being so kind to my brother, Charles. Now I believe you are with him and your beloved husband who you looked forward to seeing again. Some day I look forward to seeing you again too!
Shirley Saucerman
Friend
January 20, 2020
Ruth was a marvelous person. She was open to all cultures just a beautiful soul inside and out. The last time I saw Ruth was at Costco shopping being herself. Ruth introduce me to Rubarb crunch and I have been making it every sense. Thank you Ruth for being the person you are. I want to thank Toni Pounds for introducing us, you have your wings now Rest In Peace
Arshella Smith
January 20, 2020
Ruth Sheridan, Presente!
Ruth Sheridan, Presente!
January 20, 2020
Ruth Sheridan, Presente!
January 19, 2020
I thought I knew her but reading about Ruth's life I realize I barely touched the surface. What a woman. I am sorry she is gone.
Berta Gardner
January 19, 2020
I will always remember your power, grace and humor on the picket lines of life. Rest in the Peace you so courageously fought for. Jo Wahto Sontag
January 19, 2020
The last time I saw Ruth was at the Refugee pop up picnic in Mt. View last summer. She signed the Dunleavy Recall with her zest for political commentary. She will be so missed. My love and condolences to Lynn, Marion and Ruths Family.
Daine DiSanto
January 18, 2020
Ah, Ruthie....your spirit will live on in the memories and smiles of many. You lived every day until you were ready to go off on a new journey...and just like you did everything, you chose your path. I am glad to have known you...Never did I expect when Lenore in San Jose, CA gave me your number in Alaska in the early 80's what a treasure I would find. You have touched the lives of many many many many.....Thanks for your contribution to peace justice and love. Rock On..Ruthie
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