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Ruth Greenfield Bolotin

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Ruth Greenfield BOLOTIN Ruth Greenfield Bolotin, age 93, died March 15, 2011. Born in 1917 in the Siberian village of Barguzin, Ruth moved with her family to Chita, a larger Siberian town, when she was five, and to China when she was eight (first Harbin, then Tianjin). When Ruth was eleven, the family's U.S. visa finally came through and they came to Seattle. Ruth graduated from Garfield high school in 1935 and then went to the University of Washington. While there, she married fellow Garfield graduate and University student George Bolotin. Although she focused most of her efforts on raising her two daughters, she was also was a talented amateur photographer who developed her own pictures and a prolific writer who won first prize in a writing contest for an article that was later published in the Saturday Evening Post - an accomplish ment that meant a lot to her. But the accomplishment of which she was most proud was the active role that she and her husband played in the founding of Group Health, as representatives of the West Seattle district. Ruth was an active supporter of many Jewish, social, and envi ronmental causes, and a great supporter of Israel. In recent years, what gave her the most joy was visiting with her grand daughter Tammy and her great- grandson, Nate, who was the de light of her life. Ruth is survived by her daugh ters, Suzie Bolotin and Carol Watts (and son-in-law Dave Watts); her granddaughter, Tam my Watts (and grandson-in-law Paul Mobley); and her great- grandson, Nate Mobley. Ruth was much loved by all who knew her, and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be sent to one of Ruth's favorite charities: the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Doctors Without Borders USA, or Northwest Harvest.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 18, 2011
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