Ruth Simon Dam
July 23, 1926 - August 22, 2011
In Loving Memory
Ruth Dam, 85, passed away August 22, 2011 from complications of Congestive Heart Failure and COPD. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, who appreciated her passion for life and great sense of humor. In addition to socializing with friends and family, Ruth enjoyed traveling abroad, theatre and the arts, cycling trips with the bicycle club, cruising to scenic places, serious gardening, spending time in nature and the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.
Ruth was born in Van Nuys, CA on July 23, 1926. She was the second oldest child in her family of five. She is survived by her older sister Lois Stanley and youngest brother Ralph Simon. Her parents were Raymond and Mollie Simon. Their family moved to northern Ohio from 1931 to 1948 where her parents were champion corn farmers. In 1944 Ruth graduated from Liberty Benton High School in Finley, OH and received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bowling Green State College in 1948. She then traveled to Seattle, WA to do her Dietetic Internship with Margaret E Terrell at the University of WA. She later received her second degree from Seattle Pacific University in Elementary Education, 5 year level.
Ruth was the Food Service Director for the Edmonds School District for 35 years, where she managed school meals and staffing for 10,000 lunches per day. While working in Edmonds, Ruth was active in the American School Food Service Association. She served as the WA State President and NW Regional Director. Her passion for feeding children was inspiring to many others. Ruth was very innovative with her program, developed a college course for training food service staff and won 2 USDA awards for an outstanding program.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Steve of 27 years, in 1978. They married in Edmonds in 1951 while Steve was studying at the UW Architectural school, and then designed and built their first home together in Seattle. Ruth is survived by their two children, Margaret Dam and Marshall Dam.
A memorial service to celebrate Ruth's life and spirit is planned for Saturday, August 27 at 10 am, at the Evergreen Washelli chapel in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Ruth's memory can be made to: Columbia Lutheran Home, 4700 Phinney Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103.
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