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Ruth Bennett Haggerty

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Ruth Bennett Haggerty Obituary
10/22/1921 - 7/2/2017
It is with great sorrow, we announce the passing of Ruth Bennett Haggerty on July 2, 2017. At her bedside was her true champion and loving daughter, Holly and loving caregiver Melissa Allen.
She was born Ruth Elaine Bennett on October 22, 1921 to Dr. Calvin and Helen Bennett in Corry, Pa. Although raised during the Great Depression she and her older sister Norma enjoyed a comfortable childhood. Ruth helped her father with his veterinarian practice, rode horses, played the accordion, did beautiful oil paintings, loved sports and graduated Valedictorian from Campton High School. Next it was on to the University of Michigan where she met her future husband, Frank L. Haggerty, Jr. (on a blind date) and graduated with a degree in Romance Languages in 1943. She and Daddy were lifelong Wolverines. Following college she worked for the secret map department during World War II in Washington D.C. Mom and Dad were married Dec. 20, 1945 in Baltimore, Md. They celebrated 54 happy years together. Their first child, Karen, was born in Mississippi and soon afterwards, daddy was reactivated for the Korean War. Mom's parents insisted she join them in California. There they had a thriving veterinary practice and enjoyed beautiful weather. Following Korea and a short rainy stay in Oregon, California became their permanent home. In 1953 they welcomed their son Frank III, "Buzz" and then daughter, Holly.
Daddy worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and retired from there in 1983. During that time, mom was a hard working wife and mother, cooking 3 meals a day and volunteering for all her kids' school activities, booster clubs, sports events and more. She did canning, made homemade root beer, and sewed many of her daughters' dresses as well as fancy shirts for Daddy and Buzz. She enjoyed learning and took classes in Russian, Judo and writing. Writing became her passion. She wrote screen plays, short stories and 2 novels.
In her 60's she became a successful real estate agent. Here she made many good friends as well as some good investments.
Ruth and Frank were always together working, socializing, hosting family gatherings, riding bikes, walking, volunteering, and enjoying cross country trips with their dear friends, Bob and Dorothy Pentz. Following complications from hip surgery, mom was daddy's loving caregiver until his death in 2001.
Mom was an intelligent, energetic, attractive, highly- principled, honest, hard-working, thrifty but generous person always. She felt a day without accomplishing something was a loss. Her family meant everything to her. She survived quadruple bypass surgery at 82 and never slowed down. At 91 she had returned to writing, continued to exercise, cultivate her garden, cook holiday meals, kept house and remembered birthdays and anniversaries. She enjoyed resale stores, current events, working jigsaw and crossword puzzles, adventure and western stories and always visits with her children and pets.
She was predeceased by her parents Dr. Calvin and Helen Bennett, sister Norma Hulet, Aunt Elsie Witzig, son-in-law Dwight, her loving husband Frank, along with her 3 precious dogs Angel, Lucky and Heather. Survivors include daughter Karen; son Frank III," Buzz" (Vicki); daughter Holly (Ken Breunig); granddaughters Adrienne and Frances; nephews Claude Hulet (Kathy) Roger Hulet (Zola), Bill Weese (Amanda), nieces Leslie Williamson (Dennis), Nancy Hendrickson and Fancy. Our family was blessed with loving care givers. Rachel Johnson, Melissa Allen and Rosa Orenday tended to mom and dad with great love and kindness. She will also be missed by her close knit neighborhood. Thanks also to the staff at Bethany Home Care.
A visitation is scheduled for 10 AM at Acheson & Graham, Garden of Prayer Mortuary, on Wed. July 19. Interment to follow at Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise on July 18, 2017
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