Ruth Louise (Bull) Demuth
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Ruth Louise Bull Demuth died peacefully at home on December 27, 2013 at the age of 82, from Alzheimer¹s Disease and its associated complications. She spent the past several years being cared for by Thomas Alfred Sandford, her loving husband of 33 years, and many of her children, grandchildren, friends and caregivers. Ruth was born in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 1931 to Verena Elizabeth Miescher Bull and Howard Walworth Bull. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother Richard Fredrick Bull. She is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters Katherine Alison Demuth (Mark Johnson), Kimberly Verena Demuth (Fred Glick), Mary Demuth Sandoval (Anthony); son Hal Pierce Demuth II (Monette); 29 grandchildren and step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many cousins and nieces.
Ruth grew up in and attended school in southern California, southern Arizona, Michigan, and northern California. She played several instruments, including the piano and violin, and she graduated as Valedictorian from Red Bluff High School. Starting in 1949, she worked summers at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and attended Chico State University, CA, before marrying Howard B. Demuth in February 1951 and moving to Los Alamos. As a single mother in the early Œ70s, she returned to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Meson Physics Facility and simultaneously earned a Bachelor¹s Degree from the University of New Mexico. She attained the status of Staff Member and worked in Groups T-3, G-5, and EES-5. She was fortunate to have Francis Harlow as her mentor early in her laboratory career and as a friend for life. Ruth was an effective manager and mentor, and a terrific communicator with her co-workers, friends, and family members. She was a strong advocate for the right to equality for women in society, the work force, and especially in education. She was a member of LANL¹s Women in Science Program from its beginning, and she was a member of the Humanities Council, and on the board of the Los Alamos Family Council.
Ruth loved music of all types. Classical music was her favorite and she delighted in attending and participating in musical presentations all the while she lived in Los Alamos. She continued to play piano all her life and was a member of the Los Alamos Choral Society. She was an accomplished seamstress and a prolific knitter, providing many family members with sweaters and afghans. Ruth loved the outdoors; she enjoyed her women¹s hiking group, skiing, and became the family¹s wildflower expert. Ruth taught Tom to ski, and together they also enjoyed dancing, playing Bridge, and being with family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, especially loved raising flowers that she and Tom spent many hours working on in their yards and gardens. Ruth and Tom traveled to many parts of the world, and used their cabin and ranch in Colorado as retreats for rest, relaxation, renewal, and for gatherings with friends and family.
Ruth loved her family and friends, and she amassed a huge collection of family photographs that tell the story of her life and that continue to delight family members. She avidly compiled the genealogical history of her family becoming the family¹s historian. She also had a lifelong passion for working jigsaw puzzles; one was always in process on the card table in her home. Ruth was a fierce supporter of her children and grandchildren¹s development. She prepared tea parties for her young grandchildren, and took them to Santa Fe youth operas after explaining the plot and music beforehand; as teens, her daughters all ushered at the Opera.
Ruth will be missed. Her blue eyes and quick smile will always be treasured.
Ruth and her family were fortunate and are thankful for the many caring providers that attended to her in Los Alamos and the Pagosa Springs area.
Cremation will take place at De Vargas Funeral Home and Crematory, Española.
A memorial service celebrating Ruth¹s life will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St., Los Alamos. In her memory the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer¹s Association (1-800-272-3900), or to the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice House. Also, a plant or flower can be planted in her memory.

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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Jan. 5, 2014.
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January 11, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss. Please be comforted to know that God feels for us when we suffer.-Zechariah 2:8
January 10, 2014
I was saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. May God Bless You and Your Family during this difficult time. I was fortunate to know Ruth while working in T-3 where we shared family. She was always nice and cheerful to talk to and above all, was always positive and smiling.
Juanita Armijo (aka Salazar)
Juanita Armijo
January 9, 2014
We spent many happy years sharing an office and collaborating on SHALE. Capable, determined, caring and a true friend in hard times.
Len Margolin
January 7, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss.. May Job 33:25 comfort you to know that when Ruth awakens from sleep, she will live each day to the full with youthful vigor.
May you continue to find needed comfort in God's Word and in the love you have for each other.
January 6, 2014
Dear Demuth family: we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was always so positive and energetic. A great listener with lots of suggestions and ideas as Hal and I grew up. Her fresh bread and the cookies that she and her daughters would bake were the best. We wish you all well. God bless to you all. Seth,Patty, Tori & Parker Jones
January 5, 2014

My condolences on the passing of your mother. May God's grace carry you through this difficult time.
Mark Jacobson
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