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Ruth A. Brinson


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Ruth A. Brinson Obituary
RUTH A. BRINSON Ruth Anita Brinson passed away peacefully on June 1st at the age of 97 in Chico. Born in 1920 in Visalia, CA to Echo & Myrtle (Hiatt) Lambert, she spent almost her entire life in the Durham/Chico area, graduating from Durham High School in 1938 and Chico State College in 1942. She taught school in Feather Falls, Del Paso Heights and Durham. Ruth married Dwight Brinson in 1947 and made their home in Durham. In addition to teaching, Ruth had a variety of occupations: census taker, rural route mail deliverer and she and Dwight owned and operated the "Zoom Room" in Durham. Dwight passed away in 1985. Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob, son Bruce and daughter Irene. She is survived by her son Jim Brinson (Andy), granddaughter Amber Hayes (Travis), great-grandchildren Colt & Tempe Hayes, grandson Eddie Brinson (Jessica) and great-granddaughter Karlee Nichols. Ruth is also survived by her sister Shirley Simmons, her uncle Pete Lambert and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was a charter member of the Durham American Legion Auxiliary. For many years she chaired the student essay contest and sold ALA Remembrance Red Poppies in front of the market. Ruth also was a long-time precinct officer, working countless long election days at the Durham polling place. She was a cub scout den mother, 4-H group leader, member of the Durham Grange and the NRA. Ruth was Durham's "Woman of the Year" in 1997. She and Dwight enjoyed traveling with the Durham Good Sam's and visiting Thousand Trail campsites throughout the western US. Ruth enjoyed making ceramics with her friends, noon water aerobics, watching the birds in her garden and reading books. She loved flowers and babies. The family would like to thank May Quiambao and staff at Golden Sierra Care Home for the exceptional care they gave Ruth for the last several years. Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 15 at Bidwell Chapel, 341 W. St. Chico. Following that, Ruth will be laid to rest next to Dwight in the Chico Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Jim Brinson Activity Center, 9441 Midway, Durham. Memorial contributions can be made to the Durham American Legion Auxiliary in care of Bidwell Chapel.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 10, 2018
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