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 Ruth Cora “Dude” <I>Lewis</I> Perdew

Ruth Cora “Dude” Lewis Perdew

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 6 Apr 2012 (aged 90)
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot Section 52A, Site 4465
Memorial ID 88213305 · View Source
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Ruth 'Ruthie/Dude' was the youngest of eight children born to:
E. F. (Edward Floyd) Lewis, b. May 26, 1880 in Urbana, Champaign co., IL. and d. Nov. 19, 1960 in Long Beach, L.A. co., CA. &
Ethel (Godfrey) Lewis Harwood, b. Sep. 21, 1885 in L.A., L.A., CA. and d. Dec. 24, 1965 in San Gabriel, L.A., CA.

E.F. and Ethel Lewis' children were:
1. Floyd Addison Lewis, b. Aug. 9, 1907 in L.A., L.A., CA. and d. Apr. 23, 1984 in L.A., L.A., CA.
2. Thomas Edwin Lewis, b. Feb. 22, 1909 in L.A. co., CA. and d. Aug. 2, 1979 in San Francisco, San Francisco co., CA.
3. James Earl Lewis, b. Apr. 19, 1912 in L.A. co., CA. and d. Aug. 6, 1996 in San Gabriel, L.A., CA.
4. Stanley Jackson Lewis, b. Oct. 17, 1914 in Los Angeles co., CA. and d. Jul. 7, 1978 in San Diego co., CA.
5. Dorothy 'Dodie' Lewis (twin), b. Jan. 19, 1916 in L. A., L.A., CA. and d. Dec. 11, 1990 in Pasadena, L.A., CA.
6. Marjorie Lewis(twin), b. Jan. 19, 1916 in L.A., L.A., CA. and d. Feb. 22, 2007 in Polk County, NC.
7. Ethel Lewis, b. Oct. 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, L.A., CA. at 2:15 a.m. and died the same day at 8:10 a.m. at Angelus hospital in Los Angeles, L.A., CA.
8. Ruth Cora Lewis, b. Oct. 19, 1921 in L.A., CA. and d. in Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego, CA.

Ruth Lewis attended El Monte High School in El Monte, L.A., CA.

In 1939, Ruth Lewis was a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and living with her sister, Dodie and brother-in-law, Vondale 'Bondy' Lamon, helping to take care of their twins, Von and Dale Lamon.

Oct. 30, 1942 - FLYING OFFICER (accompanied by a photo of D.M. Perdew) - Denning M. Perdew, of 1673 Archibald avenue, Alta Loma, is today a second lieutenant in the United State Army Air force after receiving his commission and silver wings Friday at Williams Field, Phoenix, Ariz.
Lieut. Perdew if the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Perdew, and is a graduate of Chaffey high school and junior college, completing his work at the latter institution in June, 1941.
While at Chaffey he majored in mathematics and science and also tok the Civil Aeronautics Authority course both years he attended junior college.
He will now report to Salt Lake where he will be assigned to a flight squadron for duty.

On May 7, 1946, Ruth C. Lewis and Denning M. Perdew were married by Gene Ward, Justice of the Peace at the Court House, one block South Fremont between Second and Third in Las Vegas, NV.

From a May 14, 1946 greeting card 'Dude' gave her new husband, 'Doc/Jack'.
The outside of the card reads: "On Our Wedding Anniversary".
On the inside, she wrote:
"Darling, a week of heaven, what a wonderful beginning. I'll always love you honey, just as I do now, on our first week of marriage.
Always, Dude"
-And she did! -Dude and Jack were just as much in love, their entire lives.

From a June 7, 1946 greeting card to her husband:
The outside of the card reads: With Love to My Husband On Our Anniversary.
On the inside, she wrote: "Even after a whole month, I love you with all my heart! Always, your wife, Dude.
199 yrs. and 11 mo. to go. -Think you can stick it out?"

Clippings from the Dude's scrapbook:

Capt. Perdew Reports For Duty At Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Capt. Denning M. Perdew, of 1673 Archibald avenue, Alta Loma, Calif., has reported to 14th Air Force headquarters at Orlando, Fla., for duty as chief special weapons branch, 14th Air Force officials announced today.
Captain Perdew has just completed a chemical school at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mass. (Mississippi).
His new assignment also marks a return to his old wartime outfit, the 14th Air Force. As a member of the 11th Bomb Squadron of the 14th Air Force with headquarters in China, during the war, Captain Perdew flew 54 missions in his 11 months overseas. For meritorious combat services, he has received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
With him at his new station are his wife, the former Ruth C. Lewis of Rosemead, Calif., and two children, Brenda, 9, and Denny, 2. They are residing at 675 Minnesota avenue, Winter Park, Fla.

Out of Florida, just before the hurricane struck, are Capt. and Mrs. Denning Perdew and children, Brenda and Denny. They are at the home of Mrs. Perdew's mother, Mrs. Ethel Harwood. Capt. Denning leaves from San Francisco, Sept. 15 for Okinawa and his wife and children will join him when they receive orders from the government.

Mrs. D. M. Perdew, daughter of Mrs. Ethel Harwood of Earle St. was in her own "seventh heaven" last week when she received a telephone call via radio from her husband, Captain Denning M. Perdew from Okinawa. Capt. Perdew has been stationed in Okinawa for the past ten months and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his wife and two children, Brenda, 9, and Denny, 2, as they plan to leave Rosemead and set sail for the distant shore within the next two months. He reports there are three first grades already established there and construction has already begun on a typhoon proof housing project.

Capt. Denning M. Perdew who is stationed on Okinawa with the Air Force, recently flew to Guam. While there he had a nice visit with Lt. and Mrs. Arthur Hughes, also of the Air Force. Capt. Perdew and Lt. Hughes are friends of long standing, having gone through school together.
Mrs. Perdew and children, Brenda and Denny, are staying with her mother, Mrs. Harwood on So. Earle Street until orders are received to join Capt. Perdew on Okinawa.

The May 14, 1952 U.S.S. General W.A. Mann, TAPP-112 List of In-Bound Passengers shows
30 yr. old Ruth C. Perdew, b. in Los Angeles, CA. and her two children, 11 yr. old Brenda R. Perdew, b. in Alhambra, CA. and
4 yr. old Denning M. Perdew Jr., b. in Upland, CA., returning from Okinawa, Japan, arriving at the port of San Francisco, CA. Their given destination was 1673 Archibald Av., Alta Loma, CA.
*Note: At that time, Ruth was almost 5 mths. pregnant with her third child, Chloe.

Ruth Cora Lewis Perdew, ‘Dude', age 90, passed away after a prolonged illness, on the morning of April 06, 2012 at home in Cardiff by the Sea, with her loving husband of sixty-five years by her side. She had been a resident of this community for over 40 years.
She entered this world on October 19, 1921 in Los Angeles, CA., the youngest of eight children born to E. Floyd Lewis and Ethel F. Godfrey Lewis Harwood, a devout Christian woman. As a result, Ruth became a Christian at an early point in her life and remained so the rest of her life.
As a child, Ruth spent many a happy summer boating at her family's beach home on Balboa Island. She attended Washington Elementary School and Muscatel Jr. High in Rosemead. In high school, she was a member of the basketball team, and was a very good student in the subjects she enjoyed, excelling especially in salesmanship. A beautiful, popular girl who had ‘a box of fraternity pins and a letterman's sweater for every day of the week,' she was a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, class of 1939.
Ruth was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and felt especially blessed that all four of her children had been baptized and were now living Christian lives.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to her family, she enjoyed entertaining, sewing, gardening, ceramics, flower designing and cake decorating. She taught Sunday School while stationed with her husband on Okinawa, Japan. As a Squadron Commander's wife at Forbes AFB in Topeka, Kansas, she was in charge of facilitating the social activities of the ladies. At the Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, in Omaha, Nebraska, she served as Welcoming Chairperson to greet and assist newly assigned NATO officers' wives and their families in getting settled into their new headquarters. She was known as a gourmet cook, and devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to elderly friends and family members, preparing and delivering food to them for a number of years. Twice a month for fourteen years, until she was unable to continue due to illness, Ruth and her husband dedicated themselves to the mission of delivering contributions of food to two orphanages in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico, where the children referred to her as ‘Abuelita Ruth'.
She was an energetic, high-spirited, loving, gracious, giving, kind and compassionate person who always put everyone else first and saw nothing but the best in people. She will be dearly missed by all, but she will live in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her husband, Col. Denning Miles Perdew; daughters, Brenda Wilson (Covina) and Chloe Perdew (Arcadia); son, Matthew Perdew (Ocean Beach); eight grandchildren, Diana Murrell, Lori Goetz, Terry Raleigh, Denning Miles Perdew III, Carlene McCallister, Kimberly Anne Smith, Sara Ann Perdew, Steven Lewis Perdew, and Nathan VonSien Perdew. She also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren and 4 gg-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death in 2007 by her son, Denning Miles Perdew Jr.
Her family has organized a memorial celebration of her life for noon on Wednesday, April 11, at Pacific View Baptist Church in Encinitas, Ca., Pastors Larry Hudson and Evan Lauer officiating.
The bearers will be Matthew Perdew, Denning Miles Perdew III, Steven Lewis Perdew, Nathan VonSien Perdew, Bradley Smith and Brian Smith.
Interment will take place the following day, Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth Perdew to Pacific View Baptist Church, 845 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, Ca. 92024.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eternal Hills Funeral Home in Oceanside.

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