Ruth Springer a 53 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates passed away on Wednesday March 5, 2008. Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 7, 1918 to Arthur and Marion VanValkenburgh. Preceded in death by her brother Bryce, she is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Eugene; son, Larry (Devon) Springer; daughter, Laura (David) Springer-Geesling; brother Giles (Kay) VanValkenburgh; 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Very active locally in her community, Ruth was a lifetime member of the Peninsula Symphony, a Founding Member of her local DAR chapter and was a long-time member of the PVE Republican Woman's Club. She loved creating handmade arts and crafts and volunteered for numerous charity events over the years. A private service for family was held on March 9th. Friends and family are invited to attend a "Celebration of Ruth's Life," on Monday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Green Hills Memorial Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 831-0311. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association. PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, 800-342-2383, ext 8130

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  1. We send our condolences to Gene and to Larry and Laura and their families. “Aunt” Ruth was a wonderful, warm-hearted and loving woman whom we all miss. Living so far away from California, we always enjoyed catching up with the Springer family via her Christmas newsletter. Over the years, we have heard many Ruth stories as told by her cousins Howard (my Dad) and Roland. I am certain that she was their very favorite cousin because in the stories they always had lots of fun together. Ruth is an important part of the fabric of this family and will always be remembered. Love, Tom & Kate Van Valkenburgh Adam Van Valkenburgh Laura Van Valkenburgh

  2. What a dear and always loving child of God. My sweet Aunt Ruth, loved by all, she will alway’s be in our hearts. Now she has gone to rest, but never forgotten. I loved you, too!

  3. I’m so very fortunate to be the Son of such a wonderful Mother. You made sure I had every opportunity growing up, and have always been there for me. I take comfort in knowing you had a long life (nearly 90 years), and when God called, you passed quickly without any long term suffering. You will be in my thoughts everday I’m on this Earth, and I will continue to live the sound principals you instilled in me. Until we’re together again…God Bless. Your Loving Son, Larry

  4. I’m saddened by the passing of this wonderful woman. I only met Ruth a few times, when she generously donated her elephant collection to the Shambala Preserve to help raise money for our elephant barn fundraising efforts. What a lovely angel on earth. God will make great use of her in Heaven. God Bless family and friends. Kaye S Zigrang

  5. My friendship with Ruth dates back to the 1960’s. We were part of a group starting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Republican Women. Our fun and glory time came in the year that Ronald Reagan ran and was elected governor of California. We sponsored a series “Hats in the Ring” which brought all the Republican primary candidates to the Peninsula. Over 500 women came to the Los Verdes County Club to hear Ronald Reagan speak in this primary race. Oh, what a help a computer would have been but we excelled without the technology. There was humor, integrity, professionalism and a woman that became a friend.

  6. We have lost a Grand Lady but are all richer for having known Ruth. Ruth was a good friend to my parents, Shirley & Gene Heale. I believe that my mother may have met Ruth while riding the Rock Island train downtown to work. They remained friends ever since. I always enjoyed seeing Ruth when she came to Chicago to visit. We used to drive around the Beverly neighborhood and she would tell us stories. I remember her always being active in the GOP and the DAR. I think of Ruth especially at holiday times when I hang several ornaments that she made. I also have a couple of hostess aprons most likely sewn by Ruth before she moved to California. Although styles have changed, I especially get a kick out of the Jack-o-lantern hostess apron every Halloween and have to put it on at least once a year. I remember stories of what a lot of fun party guests had many, many years ago at a party she hosted after visiting Mexico. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten.

  7. Happy memories growing up in Chicago with Ruthie will always be with me until I see her in Heaven.

  8. Some of my favorite memories were spent with you, either in MI or CA. I remember back to 1969 in CA with my children and mother, then in MI when we went to a Van reunion, then my 10 days at your home. I shall miss you! You and my mother looked so much alike! Looking forward to a BIG family reunion someday. HAPPY EASTER!! Love YOU! Betsy

  9. Hi Gene, Laura, & Larry, I’m Patty Yoo. My mother was Kathy Yoo and a very good friend of Ruth’s when she was alive. When she died suddenly over 10 years ago, Ruth was always there talking to me about what a great person my mother was. I was always grateful to Ruth for all the support she gave my mother for the 15 years of friendship that they had together. Still to this day, I have many of the handmade crafts that my mother would always bring home when she would visit Ruth. Ruth has watched my sister and I grow up and continue to support us even after my mother died. Every Christmas, I always send an update on how my son and I are doing, and Ruth always finds the time to write a lovely note about us and my mother’s memory. I will always remember Ruth as a person who was constantly reaching out to others. Always in my own mother’s time of need, Ruth would be there to help and support her. She will be sorely missed. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Ruth. I, along with many others will miss her greatly.

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