Ruth Eileen Ford passed away peacefully on June 8, 2019 at her home at Skyline Place in Sonora. She was 88 years old. Born on April 25, 1931 in Inglewood, she was the first child of Gladys and Harold Hollinger. She attended Inglewood High School and graduated from Pepperdine College in 1953 with a degree in education. She spent 37 years working as an elementary school teacher at 156 th Street School, in Gardena for the LAUSD teaching all grades except Kindergarten. Her favorite was third grade.
She married Robert Ulen Ford in June 1953, they had one son. As a young woman she enjoyed camping and travel throughout the Sierras and west. She also travelled with friends and relatives throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Two of her fondest trips included a high school graduation summer excursion with friends to the east coast and back, and a two-month camping trip to several national parks in the west with her family and boxer dog Duke.
She retired from teaching in 1991 and moved to Sonora with her sister in 1996 to be closer to her two grandchildren. She moved into Sonora Hills and spent 23 years enjoying the foothill lifestyle. She enjoyed the holidays with family and would spend as many as possible at the family ranch in Long Barn. She loved the color blue.
She enjoyed having her family around her and venerated her family line. Ruth spent many long days tracing her genealogy back to northern Switzerland. Much of her work was done before the advent of internet ancestry sites, and she travelled to various locations (including Switzerland) to research her lineage. She preserved many historic family relics including photographs and the fabric arts of the women, especially quilts and homespun linens. She loved having her grandchildren and great grandchildren around her and found their antics both entertaining and endearing.
She is survived by her sister, Esther Hollinger of Sonora, her son and daughter-in-law, Kirk Ford and Jenny Matkin of Long Barn; two grandchildren, Lara McNicol and husband Matt of Soulsbyville, and Travis Ford and wife Julie of Pine, Colorado; and four great-granddaughters. Services will be private. Her regular charitable donations included yearly donations to the USO, Nature Conservancy, Armed Services YMCA, St. Jude’s Hospital, the AAUW, and the Tuolumne County Library.