• "Empathy, integrity, down to earthiness...a gift and great..."
    - Linda Clayton Hicks
  • "Dear Carolyn, I am so sad to learn of your sister's death. ..."
    - Diana Lu
  • "Ciba looks and sounds like an amazing and independent..."
    - bianca indelicato
  • "Even though we didn't know Ciba very well, you talked about..."
    - Andy, Sandy and Lauren Thomas
  • "Full of grace and joy, Ciba was an energy field of..."
    - Betsy Old

VAUGHAN--Ciba Ruth.

Born on April Fools Day 1942 under a full moon; named for her aunts and grandmothers: Corinne, Ida, Betty, Agnes and Ruth. Died peacefully on March 4, 2016 in Asheville, NC having received exceptional care in the Deerfield Retirement Community. Loving devoted daughter of David and Lucy (both deceased); beloved sister of Geoffrey (Catherine) and Carolyn (Michael); exotic aunt of David (Mary), Brian (Ruth), Molly, Rachel (Daniel) and James; fairy godmother to George, Lucy, Xavier, Alec, Wilhelmina, Jordan, Eli, Sara Joelle and her friends' children as well. Many who cherished Ciba's warmth, charm and intellect now treasure her memory. These include childhood friends from Great Neck, fellow Morris House 1964 Smith College graduates, and colleagues in the fields of publishing and crafts design. Ciba was a brilliant, creative artist who during her career played a major role in the late 20th century crafts renaissance particularly through her contributions to Better Homes and Gardens and Victoria magazines. In recognition of Ciba's love for Paris where she lived, worked and became bilingual, a celebration of her life will be held at a French restaurant in New York on September 10. Relatives and friends unable to attend may consider gifts to Smith College in Ciba's memory.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 20, 2016