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Mrs Ruth Elizabeth Becker Blanchard
Birth: Oct. 28, 1899
Secunderabad
Andhra Pradesh, India
Death: Jul. 6, 1990
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Daughter of Allen Oliver Becker, missionary and Nellie E. Baumgardner. Survivor the sinking of RMS Titanic. She later married Daniel Blanchard but they divorced.
Titanic Survivor. She was a second class passenger on board the RMS Titanic. She boarded the ship at the age of twelve with her mother Nellie, brother Richard and sister Marion on April 10, 1912 in Southampton, England. The family was traveling to Michigan to seek medical treatment for Ruth's younger brother Richard, who had contracted a disease while the family was living in India. She was initially separated from her mother and siblings during the sinking of the Titanic after being placed in different lifeboats. She was reunited with her family on board the Carpathia and arrived in New York City on April 18th. Following the disaster she attended high school and college in the Midwest before marrying and beginning a high school teaching career in Kansas City, Missouri. In the early years following the sinking she refused to talk about the disaster, even keeping secret from her own children the fact that she had been a passenger on board the Titanic. During her later years she became one of the Titanic's most recognizable and vocal public figures along with Eva Hart, granting press interviews, appearing in television documentaries and attending conventions sponsored by the Titanic Historical Society. She became an outspoken critic of individuals and companies involved in salvage operations to recover artifacts from the shipwreck, stating that the site should remain untouched and preserved as a memorial and graveyard. In March 1990, she made her first sea voyage to Mexico since the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. She died a few months later at the age of 90. In accordance with her wishes her ashes were scattered over the site of the Titanic. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Allen Oliver Becker (1874 - 1956)
  Nellie Baumgardner Becker (1876 - 1961)
 
 Siblings:
  Ruth Elizabeth Becker Blanchard (1899 - 1990)
  Marion Louise Becker (1907 - 1944)*
  Richard F Becker (1910 - 1975)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: Sally C. Palmer
Record added: Nov 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8124050
Mrs Ruth Elizabeth <i>Becker</i> Blanchard
Added by: Alyssa McIntosh
 
Mrs Ruth Elizabeth <i>Becker</i> Blanchard
Added by: Sally C. Palmer
 
Mrs Ruth Elizabeth <i>Becker</i> Blanchard
Added by: Sally C. Palmer
 
 
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- Stacey
 Added: Jul. 23, 2014
Remembering you on this 4th July, Ruth
- deetsdon
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014

- Joyce
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
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