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Ruth A. Merrill

July 25, 1929 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 88)
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Ruth Ann Merrill of Sonoma passed away peacefully on May 5, 2018.  A native of West Virginia, she was a Registered Nurse for 45 years and continued to care for people in her retirement by volunteering at her church and in her community.

She graduated nursing school in 1950, and eventually, while working full time, put herself through college and earned both a BSN and MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Ruth moved to San Francisco in 1968, and retired to Temelec (Sonoma) in 1988.  She quickly became a fixture in the Temelec community.  She lived in Murfreesboro, TN for 8 years near her family, but moved back to Temelec for good in 2010. 

She lived up to her Christian ideals through church activities and groups, and was a tireless volunteer in church and local efforts to help feed the hungry and find shelter for the homeless and affordable working families.

Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Mary, and her brother, James.  She is survived by her son, Paul, and nieces and nephews Elizabeth, Mark, Greg, and their families.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sonoma United Methodist Church in Sonoma, CA.  A Celebration of Life is planned for November 10, 2018 at the Temelec Hall.

In lieu of flowers, Ruth preferred that donations be made to F. I. S. H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) or the Blackman United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN.


Donations may be made to:

F.I.S.H. Friends In Sonoma Helping
P.O. Box 507, Sonoma CA 95476
Web: http://www.friendsinsonomahelping.org/page35.html

Blackman United Methodist Church
4380 Manson Pike, Murfreesboro TN 37129
Tel: 1-615-893-0347


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