Ruth
Newcomb, Ruth Elaine, a 32 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007 in San Pedro. Born in Willard, Ohio, Ruth was 82 when she died. Her personal interests were surfing the internet and reading. Her hobby -- crocheting and her passion was her family. She is survived by her Son, Richard (Sherry) Newcomb of Costa Mesa, CA; Son, John (Donna) Newcomb of Temple City, CA; Son, Bruce (Beth) Newcomb of Torrance, CA; 6 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Celia Hoffman, and Father, Harry Hoffman. A Graveside Service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello on Monday February 26, 2007 at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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  1. Ruth was my mother. She will be forever missed. She was adored by everybody who knew her. Rest in peace and may God keep you close.

  2. Ruth Newcomb was my mother in law, but to me she was a second mom best friend, grand mother, and teacher.She full of spirit and she had a soul that captured every body she met.I wil miss her dearly in so many ways and every time I look into my daughters I know I will see a little part of mom.God bless and keep you mom.

  3. I met Ruth at St. Dominic’s in Eagle Rock in the charismatic prayer group. She was truly gifted. Blessings to her family.

  4. I worked with Ruth at St. Dominic’s in Eagle Rock in my ministry as Director of Family Life Ministry. Ruth was always eager to serve, loving, and had a great sense of humor. I remember many conversations with her bordering on serious, sensitive, and always with her humor. May God grant her eternal rest in His loving Presence……….Al Nyland

  5. I’d like to share this humorous moment with you. Ruth (Mom) was a beautiful person and did everything with gusto. I remember the time when she had succumbed to a very common cold. It was a very balmy winter here in Southern California and Mom was doing everything she could to control her it. Her worst irritation was not being able to sleep. So, as Mom is, Mom does. She began taking Nyquil as it is touted as being “The nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, fever, sleep better to feel better medicine.” Well after not being able to sleep, she got up and took some more, and later some more again. Keep in mind that she doesn’t take only one capful, more like 2 because she has learned that as a big person, things don’t affect her with a normal dosage. The next morning, when she woke, she rose only to fall to the floor. She could hardly walk. She went to the Doctor to see what could possibly be wrong. The doctor diagnosed her as being drunk and told her to go home and sleep it off. She drank the whole bottle of Nyquil. For a time, she became known as the Nyquil Kid. Mom was a such a beautiful person (inside and out). She was hilarious, zany, crazy, as well as very intellectual and deeply spirited. Her and I used to sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. We have solved the world’s problems over and over again. We accepted each other as the people we are without judgment and have held each other up when the other was down. I have come to know her as not only my Mother, but as a very dear and true friend. I remain here on this earth and my feelings for her will not die. I miss her deeply.

  6. Dear John & Donna, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. I remember well the wonderful stories of Ruth. May your loving memories of her give you solace. Love, Paula and Dave

  7. Dear John & Donna, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. I remember well the wonderful stories of Ruth. May your loving memories of her give you solace. Love, Paula and Dave

  8. Dear John & Donna, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. I remember well the wonderful stories of Ruth. May your loving memories of her give you solace. Love, Paula and Dave

  9. When I told my oldest and dearest friend this week that Ruth had passed away, she exclaimed, “I remember her from Nicole’s birthday party. She was so full of life!” I thought, “What better way to describe Ruth Newcomb?” Full of life, no matter what shape she was in physically! But she wasn’t just full of life; she was full of love…especially for her children and grandchildren. In particular, the love she had for her grandchild Nicole (my niece), touched my heart in a profound way. Their relationship, brief though it may have been, was incredibly special. Ruth will live on in my heart always as Nicole’s “Nana.”

  10. My dear friend Ruthie came into my life and heart in the early 80’s…we were both involved at St. Dominic’s and besides our Faith, we found that we had other things in common…we would sit for hours over coffee and talk about everything in life – mostly ‘solving the world’s problems’ as others have said…but Ruth was also funny and fun to be with and she loved music…one time we went to see/hear Issac Stern at Dorothy Chandlier Pavilion – well I should say HEAR because our seats were in the nosebleed section…we climbed slowly and carefully to the top and when we sat down Ruth was really triumphant! She had conquered her fear of heights!, which of course she didn’t mention before we began our ascent. That was Ruth! A woman of COURAGE who(quietly & perhaps sometimes not so quietly) conquered many obstacles in her life. I know she no longer suffers with her arthritis and breathing problems, and I believe she is in her Creator’s Presence, and for her I rejoice…but for myself and so many who loved her, I cry, because I already miss the sparkle she brought to my life.

  11. I was Ruthie’s caregiver and most importantly her friend. Although we only had months together she made a powerful impact on me. She was a pillar of strength. Every obstacle that got in her way she approached it head-on. I learned she had this wonderful relationship with God. She was a great “story teller”! Some mornings I would come to work and we would sit there and share our stories and how we would laugh when we realized how time just flew by. She was a “tool guy” kind of person, always fixing things.It wasn’t too long before i named her “The Queen of Duct Tape”. She always made me laugh when she found just another way to use duct tape. She loved her family and friends very much.She just adored her granddaughter Nicole. She glowed with excitement as she often shared the times she spent with Nicole. I will miss her dearly…May she rest in peace…

  12. I was Ruthie’s caregiver and most importantly her friend. Although we only had months together she made a powerful impact on me. She was a pillar of strength. Every obstacle that got in her way she approached it head-on. I learned she had this wonderful relationship with God. She was a great “story teller”! Some mornings I would come to work and we would sit there and share our stories and how we would laugh when we realized how time just flew by. She was a “tool guy” kind of person, always fixing things.It wasn’t too long before i named her “The Queen of Duct Tape”. She always made me laugh when she found just another way to use duct tape. She loved her family and friends very much.She just adored her granddaughter Nicole. She glowed with excitement as she often shared the times she spent with Nicole. I will miss her dearly…May she rest in peace… I’m sorry I will be unable to attend the services.

  13. I am Nana’s grandaughter Nicole. My daddy is writing this for me about my Nana from me. I remember how Nana and I would go shopping at Trader Joes and Ralphs. I remember visiting Nanas and playing with all the toys she got for me and reading books. I love her and miss her and I have her special angel by my bed. Good night Nana.

  14. I want to Thank the Newcomb son’s and their families for sharing your mother with me/us the parishners of St. Domonic’s. Your mother became a personal friend, mentor, spiritual director and a mother for me throughout the years that we shared at St. Dominic’s. We remained in contact via phone when she moved to San Pedro and while that was a big change for her, it was also a great change for her. Being closer to her sons and family was a true blessing for Ruth. While Ruth converted to Catholism her faith in God was always strong throughout her life. She began an extroidiary journey of healing while at St. Dominic’s which she courageously shared with her son’s. Ruth fought many battles in her life and Jesus lovingly came into her life and transformed her heart and life to finish healing her wounds. She lived as a “new woman” in Christ for many years, rejoicing in her God and her family. May the healing that Ruth recieved in herself and the healing that she started with her family continue to have a ripple effect in the Newcomb son’s and their families throughout their lives. Christ Peace to Ruth’s Family. Rejoice that she is in the glory of the presence of God!

  15. If only I had the words. A unique inspiration she was in my life. As I type… I am listening to some soft piano music, because it reminds me of her playing the piano for me as a kid while I often napped. Music was our special connection, and I thank her for sharing the beauty of it with me. We had gotten the chance to take her to see the Tallis Scholars here in LA back in Dec. of 05 (They are a world reknowned choir group that specializes in Renaissance music and harmonies, they are based in the UK) – it was great to have been able to experience it together with her. We are completely grateful. She is everything beautiful. Forever in our memories. My Grandma.

  16. Our family was saddened to learn of your loss of Ruth. Ruth was the sister-in-law of my husband, Norm, and had known him since he was a young boy. Because Norm’s parents both passed away when he was a teenager, we looked to Ruth for stories about his boyhood life. She was a loving and caring person who was full of wonderful anectdotes. Our twins, Wayne and Robin, always referred to Ruth as “The New Aunt Ruth” because they knew I was also an Aunt Ruth to their cousins in NY. Although we did not see each other often, we did keep in touch by US Mail, and best of all, e-mail. Having lost Norm last June to a sudden acute illness, we know very well the pain of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope the wonderful memories you have of Ruth will help to replace the saddness in your hearts. Will loving sympathy, Ruth C. Newcomb

  17. Dear Ricky, Bruce John and their Families, Erick joins me in expressing our sorrow at the recent passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful woman who truly loved her family. We so enjoyed her visit here to VA several years ago. She told us about all of you as well as my late Father’s parents – truly a gift as we never knew them. Please know you have our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Robin Newcomb Lermo

  18. Ruth, my mother-in-law, had the most beautiful spirit and heart of anyone I have ever known. I will never ever forget her. She meant the world to me. And I love her very much. I will never forget how much she LOVED peanut butter. She was trying to lose weight and decided to get rid of all the peanut butter in her house. Well—one day she drove to our place (which was 10 minutes away). A knock came at my door and when I opened it, there was Ruth – standing there with a spoon in her hand. She preceded to ask me if she could please have just one spoonful of peanut butter. We both starting laughing. I got her the jar of peanut butter. She took one spoonful and was so happy. We all talked for awhile and then she left to go home. I will never forget you. You were and are an amazing woman. You will always be in my heart.

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