Ruth Marie Rounsefell 3/10/1919 to 2/4/2007 Born to Swedish immigrants Ernest and Marie, Ruth was raised in Seattle, WA along with her sister Doris. She was married in 1948 and then moved to Southern CA where she became an established resident of Torrance for 52 years. In her early 40's she returned to work at the US Customs Service until the age of 65. She enjoyed a long retirement and was able to travel worldwide. She was involved with the International Toastmistress Club and North Star VASA. A strong believer in education, she obtained her AA degree from El Camino College after raising six children. She then continued to take classes, from furniture refinishing to quilting for the rest of her life. She loved her savior Jesus Christ and was a great witness by the life she led. She put others ahead of herself and truly cared for all people. Ruth was very civic and community minded, teaching English to new arrivals, ushering at El Camino, registering voters and working for the election board. Raised in the depression, she became an avid recycler. She was blessed by a full healthy life, then peacefully passed to Heaven surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her six children, Gloria (Gar) Keene, John deWolf Rounsefell III, Mary Anne Boka, Ernest (Haruyo) Rounsefell, Irene Simpson and Cheryl (Ward) Staff. As well at six grandchildren: Robert, John Lindsey, Chelsie, Kristi and Sean. A celebration of her life will be held at Pacific View Baptist Church (4345 Emerald St. in Torrance) at 10:30 am Saturday, February 10th. Donations can be made in her memory to the Salvation Army. Please sign the online guestbook at

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  1. Ruth Heart of Gold Go to the Lord knowing your life was spent in his honor. Our selfish thoughts of our loss pale in comparison to gains we made though a lifetime of your love. We will never forget you and will look forward to the day we meet in heaven.

  2. Ernie and Haruyo, I was sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. She was very fortunate to live with the both of you and watch her grandchildren grow up. As I told Ernie I saw Ruth last year walking down Sepulveda Blvd. I was dropping off my dry cleanig. She did not initially know who I was but after I mentioned your names she brighted up. My own Mother suffered a stroke in 1999 and she is not able to do much. The fact that Ruth was able to get around on her own,travel and participate in your family is a life I am sure most Senior citizens would love to have. Deepest sympathy, Russell and Nancy

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