Poulin, Ruth Murray passed away unexpectedly on her 84th birthday, July 24th 2008. She had lived in the South Bay for 60 years. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Roy Murray and Ida Mae Bolt, Ruth was the youngest of 7 children. After graduating from South High School in Grand Rapids, she and a couple of girlfriends went to nursing school in Gary, Indiana. On February 7, 1947, she graduated from Gary Methodist Hospital, through the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps progam. One year later, in February 1948, Ruth and her best friend Jan, took off for California. When she got to Los Angeles, Ruth started working for the Veterans Administration Hospital where she met Philip Poulin who was a patient at the time. They were married March 12, 1950 and were together until his passing in 1998. Philip and Ruth moved from Santa Monica to Torrance in 1963. Ruth had taken off 13 years from nursing to raise her 4 children. That same year, she went to work at Torrance Memorial Hospital and stayed there until she retired in 1988. She continued to volunteer at the hospital and worked with cancer patients, taking them to their treatments. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had many interests and hobbies. She loved to listen to Vin Scully, watch Tiger play golf, and split football viewing time between Notre Dame and her beloved Michigan Wolverines. She loved to snow ski with her nursing friends. Her husband Phil loved to travel and Ruth went to many exciting places with him, her family and friends. In her later years, health problems would make it difficult for her to get around, so she became an avid quilter. Already an accomplished seamstress, Ruth could usually be found in her sewing room seven days a week. She always had projects in work for her grandchildren. She made their Halloween costumes, vests for every holiday and everyone had monogrammed towels. She supported the children's sports programs, working the Snack Shack at little league. As all the grandkid's were all involved in soccer, softball and baseball, she never missed a game, sometimes attending three a day! Ruth will be greatly missed by her friends at The South Bay Church of God, her sewing group from AAA Sew and Vac and her lifelong nursing friends. She is survived by her four children; daughter, Marie; son, Philip and his wife, Dolly; daughter Susie; son, Guy and his wife, Lisa, and her beloved grandchildren, Brandon, Madison, Haley, Philip III, Emerson, Isabel and Stella, as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Services will be held Saturday, August 2nd, 12 noon, at the South Bay Church of God. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you send a donation in Ruth's name to the church.

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  1. Dear Poulin Family, We continue to keep you all in our hearts and prayers. With Love, Bruce and Sue Bartels

  2. Though I never met Ruth, her love and respect by others and for others were evident through Marie sharing her €œmom€ escapades. Her voice can still be heard as she shouts, €œHi Kids€ to a van full of crazies in the UK. Thanks for the sharing the joy of your mother. God Bless you and your family.

  3. Having met Ruth a few times, my fondest memory is our “Mom’s and Daughter’s” lunch at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. What a special day that was and what a special lady she was. The love she leaves behind will help you through this sad time. Our thoughts and love are with you.

  4. Ruth being the root from which the rose of Marie has stemmed, I feel sorrow that such a lovely person has passed but can only imagine that she now adds beauty and love to another world. May you always be surrounded with the love she had for all of you.

  5. Dear Marie and Family; The happy loving look in Marie’s eyes, the smile upon her face when she spoke to her Mom, or shares a story about her relationship with her Mother…Her love lives on within you. The prayers of the Pyramid Family go out to you and your family in this difficult time.

  6. We were so deeply saddened to hear of Ruth crossing over. Anytime we had occassion to visit with her was always a uplifting time for us. She was such a warm person. May God comfort all of you in this time of sorrow. Love & prayers, Bill & Audrey Leddy

  7. Dear Marie and Family, Our sincere condolences on your loss. Take comfort in the warm memories and the love of family. Sincerely, Mike and Patty

  8. To Ruths Family What a Special Lady, one of a kind. Not having known her that long, I loved her Spirit, her sense of humor, he caring and warmth. She took me in like I was one of her children. She will certainly be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go with you now during this very difficult time. I’m sending you strength and love. Terry Madison

  9. Sympathy to the family of Ruth Poulin. Long remembered for her care of Bill in ICU many years ago and the lasting friendship with Ella sewing at Triple A Sewing functions. We will miss her very much.

  10. Marie, I’m so sorry to hear the news of your beloved Mom’s death. I know you have many good memories to comfort you at this time. Please let me know if Craig or I can help in any way.

  11. Dear Marie and Family, Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother. May all the wonderful memories of your mother keep her always by your side.

  12. Ruth was my dear sweet little sewing buddy, and I will greatly miss her. I could always count on her for a wonderful hug, and beautiful smile no matter what. I was always happy to see her, and know we could spend some sewing time together. She would ask me a question about what was going on in my life, and then intently listen to my response. She cared, she really cared. She always made me laugh and smile whenever we were together. We would often try to think up little schemes anytime we were in a class together. She would lovingly scold me anytime I didn’t finish a project-which was too often. I always admired her ability to finish what she started, and to tell it like is-but with love. Oh Ruth sweetie, I will miss you so very much.

  13. Susie is my friend…Ruth worked at TMH 1963-1988..the old TMH on Engracia…I feel I must have known her..such great memories during those years…and then to the new hospital….we, at old TMH were family…Viola Anderson,dir of Nurs gave us inspiration…Working under Viola, Ruth had a good working relationship..that is the way it was then…to Susie and her family you are blessed with many memories. Those moments of joy and happines will remain…in Christian Love Marion

  14. Dear Marie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May you remember her wonderful achievements and memories that she has created, and we hope that you know that she is blessed. Sincerely, Greg Keh and Family All of us at TWI

  15. Marie, My deepest sympathy and sorrow over the loss of your mother. Your memories will last forever and she will always be a part of you. Lou

  16. Today while sitting in the South Bay Church of God, I looked from pew to pew, from face to face and marveled at how one special woman could have such an extraordinary impact on so many souls. They represented all walks of life, paying respect to Ruthie and her children. It was an amazing service for an amazing person. I will miss Ruthie, but she lives still through my close friend and her daughter, ReeRee. I will be forever grateful for knowing them both. – CC (and John and the Midge)

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