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We gather today to honor and celebrate the life of Ruth Cornell Marusin, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and cherished friend, whose spirit and love touched the lives of all who knew her. Born on January 8, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ruth's journey through life was marked by joy, creativity, and an unwavering dedication to her family. On February 7, 2024, Ruth passed away of natural causes in Orange, California, at the age of 94.
Ruth's life story began in the Steel City, where she grew up and attended local schools. It was there that she met the love of her life, Robert John Marusin, in high school. After three years of courtship, the couple married on March 30, 1950, and embarked on a journey that would span over half a century, filled with love, laughter, and companionship, until Robert's passing in 2003. Together, they welcomed five children into the world: Jeff, Greg, Lee, Christopher, and Lisa. Ruth is survived by all five children along with their spouses, Greg’s wife Mary, Lee’s wife Monica and Lisa’s husband Tony Bell; seven grandchildren, Calvin, Claire, Matt, Katie, Becky, Evan, and Ryan; six great-grandchildren: Reese, Presley, Brooklyn, Ray, Kyle, and Bennett.
Ruth's life was characterized by her role as a devoted homemaker, a responsibility she cherished as she raised her five children. Her nurturing spirit extended beyond her family, as she later joined the workforce at Sears Department Store when her youngest child grew older. This chapter of her life allowed her to demonstrate her diligence and warmth to those she worked with and served.
An avid reader, Ruth possessed a passion for the written word that fueled her imagination and inspired her intellectual pursuits. Her love for dancing and traveling were hallmarks of her adventurous spirit, and her penchant for knitting and card games provided many joyful moments with friends and family—albeit with an occasional and playful bending of the rules to her favor. Ruth's creative talents shone brightly through her painting and drawing, particularly her stunning landscape scenes and images with water. She loved animals especially Boxer dogs.
Ruth's explorative nature led her to venture to Eastern Europe with her son Lee and to Alaska with her daughter Lisa. She cherished the memories made on cruises with her husband, and their shared love for travel was a testament to their enduring partnership. Her involvement in the Red Hat Society, Book Club, and various senior groups, along with her active participation in her church community, spoke to her social and spirited nature.
Ruth was known for her spirited and loving demeanor, a creative soul who found joy in every brushstroke and every page turned. As Mark Twain once said, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Ruth embodied this philosophy, always eager to embark on new adventures, whether they were found in the pages of a book or the uncharted waters of a distant land.
Her love for the holidays was renowned, as these occasions brought her greatest joy: the gathering of her family. The laughter and stories shared around the dinner table were the threads that wove the rich tapestry of her family's history, a legacy that will be carried on by those she leaves behind.
Today, we bid farewell to Ruth Cornell Marusin, a woman whose life was a portrait of love, creativity, and resilience. Her memory will continue to dance in the hearts of her family and friends, a reminder of the beauty and joy she brought into this world. Ruth's story does not end here; it lives on through the lives of those she loved and the countless memories they hold dear. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will forever be a beacon of love and inspiration.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Ruth's favorite charities:
Boxer Rescue Los Angeles - boxer-rescue-la.com
St. Jude Children Hospital - http://www.stjude.org/
Wounded Warrior Project - http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/