Born Ruth Rosa Flatow on February 16, 1928 to Walter and Trude Flatow in Breslau, Germany, Ruth Marks died on March 24, 2007 in Shady Cove, Oregon after a valiant battle with cancer.
Ruth and her family escaped from Germany in 1938 after her father was ransomed from the Buchenwald concentration camp. They fled to the Philippines and remained there during the years of World War II. In 1946 the family moved to California and became U.S. citizens.
On February 5, 1949, Ruth married Irving Marks, who she met at a Jewish community function in San Francisco. She told her mother the day she met Irv that she had just been introduced to the man she was going to marry.
The marriage endured for more than 58 years. Ruth lovingly followed Irv up and down the state of California, while taking care of their twin daughters. Irv served in many high posts in the correctional department for the state. Ruth also developed a career in sales, three of which were positions at: Hastings Men's Wear, the Emporium in San Francisco, and Scotty Women's Sportswear in Sacramento.
The couple lived in Sacramento off and on for 30-years and after retirement they traveled to many countries including Germany, Israel, Europe, the Amazon, South America, China, and Alaska following their retirement. They then moved to Shady Cove, Oregon, in 1998 and became very involved in that community.
Ruth became a member of the board of directors of the Shady Cove Valley Ladies group, an organization dedicated to the welfare of the Upper Rogue Community. She was a member of the Shady Cove Boosters Club and worked diligently in support of Temple Emek Shalom of Ashland, Oregon. The couple made many new friends in the area.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Hans.
In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by her twin daughters, Cindy and Denise Marks; grandchildren, Brooke, Jasmine, Nicole, Dannielle, Faith, Shane and Carl; and five great-grandchildren, Joshua, Barrett, Riley-Rose, Jaden and Kaden-Tyler. Also surviving Ruth are Linda and Lee Greenstone of Shady Cove, who are cousins and dear friends. Her family members say that Ruth will be remembered for her courage, loyalty, energy, humor, faith, compassion, determination, and fashion sense.
A memorial service at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 Main Street, Ashland, Oregon, will be held for Ruth on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm. She will be buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Sacramento.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society and condolences sent to the Marks family at 605 Deer Park Lane, Shady Cove, OR 97539.