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Ruth Agnes Andrews

Ruth Agnes Andrews

Female 1908 - 1987

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  • Name  Ruth Agnes Andrews 
    Born  30 Jun 1908  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  28 Dec 1987  Mill Valley, Marin, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Jan 1988  Pacific Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I6  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  12 Jun 2012 

    Father  Edwin Chapman Andrews,   b. 1 Apr 1881, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1959, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Iva Anna Lounsberry,   b. 29 Jun 1885, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1972, Arvada, Jefferson, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Jun 1907  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Andrews Family in Iowa about 1945
    Andrews Family
    Andrews Family
    Andrews Family in Iowa about 1945
    Family ID  F8  Group Sheet

    Family  Duncan Rea Williams, Jr.,   b. 21 Sep 1904, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1971, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Mar 1928  Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Jane Williams
     2. Duncan Rea Williams, III
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    Andrews Family in Iowa about 1945
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    Andrews Family in Iowa about 1945
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2008 
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jun 1908 - Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Mar 1928 - Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Dec 1987 - Mill Valley, Marin, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Ruth Agnes Andrews Birth Certificate

  • Notes 
    • Ruth was the oldest of three children. Her early childhood was spent on the family farm in Minnesota. Some time later the family moved back to Iowa. Ruth was a precocious student, graduating from high school when she was 16. Attending college was probably not a common occurrence for girls of her generation, but her family highly valued education and sent her to Whittier College in 1924. She majored in mathematics and physics and minored in French. She lived with relatives in the town of Whittier. It was here that she met and fell in love with Duncan Williams. Unbeknownst to Ruth, her Whittier relatives did not approve of this young man and, to separate the couple, arranged for Ruth to be called home, back to Iowa when she was a junior in college. She attended William Penn College in Oskalosa, Iowa until she was married in March 1928.
      She and her new husband began their lives together in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming where they first lived in an apartment on Ivinson Street. During the first Fall in their new home Ruth was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The following remembrance of this period is from a letter written to Ruth's daughter shortly after Ruth's death (Jan. 9, 1988) by a good friend, Gerald Spence:
      "I first met your dad (Dunc) circa 1928. I was working in the State Chemist Lab. In Laramie when one morning a tall young man walked in and asked the Chief if he had a little space where he could make some simple tests on Limestones for the cement plant that was a-building south of town. The space was given and he went to work. He was in and out of the lab. collecting and testing various limestones and shales. After a couple of weeks he didn't show up, then after a period he showed up again and said he was married. Esther, my children's mother, and I soon called on these two very pleasant young people. They were only slightly junior to us and we became good friends. We picnicked, we fished and we played cards. Then your mother became ill and was in a sanatorium in Colorado for a number of months. Ruth was pregnant and the Drs. insisted on an abortion feeling the pregnancies and tuberculosis were not compatible. Ruth returned to Laramie and made a good life for herself and your dad and you and Rea."
      Actually Ruth spent a couple of years in the t.b. sanatorium in Boulder, Colorado. (She was there at the same time as Robert Frost's daughter.) Part of her treatment was a procedure called pneumothorax, in which one of her lungs was permanently collapsed. When she came back to Laramie, she and Duncan built a home at 706 South 14th Street. This home was quite modern (for the 1930s) and had a lovely big yard and garden. Eventually she had a clean bill of health and was told that she could start a family. Her first child, Sarah, was born in 1940 and a son, Duncan Rea III, in 1942. She suffered a miscarriage in 1944 or 1945 and had no more children.
      Unfortunately, every winter Ruth was susceptible to bouts of bronchitis and other congestive difficulties. (It was unfortunate that she was a dedicated smoker.) In 1952 she had her useless lung removed (and in the process had a near-death experience), a procedure that vastly improved her health. She no longer spent winters with weeks at a time coughing and suffering.
      Ruth probably disliked cooking, and housekeeping in general, although she was a proficient homemaker. In 1947 the family moved to a two-story stucco home at 1524 Rainbow Ave. To make ends meet, they rented two or three rooms out to college students for many years. Off and on over the years, Ruth took occasional courses at the University of Wyoming, but never completed her college degree. Her passion was knitting, and she could knit anything! And she did knit hundred and hundreds of sweaters and other articles during her lifetime. For several years she was the joint owner of a yarn shop in Laramie. Another of her passions was making custom jewelry with local stones that Duncan had polished. She learned the art under the tutelage of Robert Russin, the famous sculptor at the University of Wyoming. She also loved playing, bridge, reading mysteries, and, after they got TV in 1958, watching soap operas. She was also very interested in politics (both local and national). She was a member of the Laramie City Council and President, first, of the Laramie chapter and then of the State League of Women Voters in Wyoming.
      The family's move to LaCanada, Ca, in 1959 was difficult for Ruth who had lived in the small community of Laramie (where she knew everyone and everyone knew her) for thirty-two years. Her children were growing up and her husband now commuted to work in Los Angeles every day. After Duncan died in 1971, Ruth moved to Ft. Collins Colorado, near where her two brothers and mother were living. She continued knitting and was a volunteer for the Ft. Collins hospital association. In 1981 she moved to Northern California to be near her daughter. She spent the last years of her life living at the Redwoods in Mill Valley where she continued to knit (earning some spending money by making production sweaters of mohair in luscious colors) and play bridge with new friends.
      Ruths ashes were scattered by her children at Drakes Beach in Marin County on Mother's Day, 1988.