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Ruth Lee Paterson


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Ruth Lee Paterson Obituary
RUTH LEA PATERSON Ruth Lea Paterson died peacefully in her sleep on August 18th, 2015, eight years after the passing of her beloved husband, Archie of 68 years. She was born in Tuscon, Arizona in 1918, and was the only child of her parents, Edgar and Maude Byers. After graduating from Arizona State Teachers College of Flagstaff, she and Archie moved to Sacramento where they raised their two daughters, Susan Lea and Elizabeth Ann. Ruth spent many years teaching elementary school in Sacramento before retiring and moving to Chico. She and her neighbors on Elk Avenue became close friends and were very supportive of one another. During her retirement she and Archie traveled extensively across the country and abroad. She enjoyed gardening, family gatherings, spending mornings at the Chico Sports Club, and walking her dog Annie. Additionally, her volunteer work was very important to her throughout her life. She volunteered during the war effort in Sacramento and in Chico at Enloe Hospital. She was also a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi, where she made life-long friends. Ruth Lea was very talented and generous. She taught those she loved to cook, bake, garden and sew. She made delicious strawberry jam and scrapple for Sunday morning breakfasts. Those who will forever hold her in their hearts include her daughters Susan Luallen (John Luallen), and Elizabeth Paterson; her grandchildren Amy Antongiovanni (Mike), Katy Luallen (Tom Reed), and Greg Luallen (Lindsey Nenadal); and her great-grandchildren Jack, Sam, Dylan, Kierstyn, Henry, Betsy and Charley. Her last years were enriched by the caregivers at Windchime and Chico Terrace Care Center. We so appreciate that she felt loved and supported by them. By Ruth's request, her family will have a private service on her birthday. On her last day, her face lit up to see her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Isn't this wonderful?" she said, as she hugged and kissed us all goodbye.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Aug. 29, 2015
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