Ruth was born and grew up in Kenosha, Wis. She attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In the early 1950s, following college graduation, she moved to Aspen and became a physical education teacher.
Once settled in Aspen, Ruth began to volunteer for many organizations and became active in philanthropic endeavors important to the then emerging ski town, the Aspen Historical Society being her most dedicated mission while living there. She loved to ski the Aspen mountains and was known for entertaining her many friends and family members during the winter months.
Ruth enjoyed traveling the world and visited many countries. She also enjoyed hiking, cooking, collecting travel pictures, visiting her family and caring for her poodles.
Ruth lived in Aspen until 2000 when she moved to Denver.