A Garden View resident, Ruth is spunky, petite and active. She said she enjoys poker and chocolate ice cream.

“I like to play cards. I’m a big gambler,” Ruth said.

Mid-interview with West Newsmagazine, Ruth abruptly said, “Let’s go somewhere. Let’s walk.” And off we went, walking the halls of Garden view in search of chocolate ice cream. She greeted many friends along the way.

When asked what is something she has loved most in life, Ruth said, “How could I think back? I have no idea! I loved school. And my husband and I had a grocery store. I don’t remember what it was called. We didn’t give it any special name. It was just a corner store and customers came in. I guess we had the store about 50 years and then we sold it.”

An only child, Ruth was born in Cleveland and moved to St. Louis when she was 2 years old. It has been her home ever since. 

Ruth is a proud mother, “I have two children, a boy and a girl.” She added with a laugh, “Not everybody knows how to make a combination like that. Some have just two girls, some have two boys. I have one of each!”

Ruth was a loving wife as well. “When my husband passed away, I lost the best friend I ever had.”

When asked if there is a secret to living to 100 years old, Ruth said, “There might be, I have no idea. I have stayed pretty active most of my life. I worked hard. I kept going all the time.”