Ruth Paddock, of Pellston, Mich., left us on May 1, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital after falling. Her family was in attendance at her passing.
She was born March 2, 1927, to Mary Emma and Michael Frederick Knuths in Ames, Iowa. It was a large, close family with strong Iowan values. She was slim, athletic and a natural beauty all her life; a genuinely nice person. Ruth showed early and life-long interest in art, music and the natural world.
Following graduation from Ames High in 1945, she attended Iowa State University before transferring to the University of Colorado in 1951 to further her art education. It was there in May 1952, shortly before graduation, she met Mark on a blind date. A lasting love instantly blossomed, culminating in their marriage June 14, 1953, and an all-encompassing love of 61 years.
She was fortunate to live in wonderful, stimulating communities like Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colo.; and Ann Arbor, Mich. This was enriched by 30 summers at the Mountain Research Station in Colorado and on Douglas Lake at the University of Michigan Biological Station with Mark and their family. Her last 20 years were spent at "Old Orchard," their home near Douglas Lake.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Mark W. Paddock; sons, Mark F. Paddock (Mardie) of Farmington, Maine, and Todd W. Paddock (Sue) of Winona, Minn.; and daughter, Meredith Higgins (Bo), of Niskayuna, N.Y., and daughters, Kaleigh, Kelsey and Maren Higgins. She is also survived by sisters, Anne Buck (Bob) of Ames, Iowa; Darlene Walton of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Winifred Butson of Wells, Minn.; and brother, Michael Knuths, of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will take place at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston in the summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan Biological Station at Pellston or to The Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs.
Ruth Eileen Paddock, 86
Ruth and Mark Paddock (May 3, 2013)