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Ruth Marie Appel Brinker
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Birth: May 1, 1922
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 2011
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

~~ Ruth Marie Appel married Jack Brinker in San Francisco in 1957 and had two daughters, Lisa and Sara. They were divorced in 1965.
~~ At 63, Ruth Brinker became an American AIDS activist and founder of the nonprofit, Project Open Hand, after a friend with AIDS, who became too ill to provide for himself, died of starvation. She began her activism in 1985 by providing food and meals to home-bound AIDS patients in San Francisco who were too ill to cook or shop. She began organizing volunteers to deliver hot meals to AIDS patients in the city, using her own funds, passing the hat in local bars and persuading food vendors to donate. As of 2011, Project Open Hand provided 2,600 meals a day using $5.6 million in public and private donations. Brinker's nonprofit, Project Open Hand, has been copied by hundreds of organizations throughout the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa and has expanded to provide meals and other services to the elderly and people with other chronic illnesses.
~~ On August 8, 2011, Ruth Brinker passed away peacefully at Eden Villa Assisted Living Center, from complications of vascular dementia, at the age of 89. She is survived by her daughters, one grandson and a great-granddaughter. Interment was provided by Bay Area Cremation and Funeral services. 
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Dan
Record added: Dec 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102136547
Ruth Marie <i>Appel</i> Brinker
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Ruth Marie <i>Appel</i> Brinker
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Rest in peace.
- Dan
 Added: Dec. 13, 2012

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