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Ruth Enos

Ruth Hartley Enos, a 45-year resident of Davis, California, died on September 16th after many years of fighting chronic heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She was 85 years old.

Ruth was born April 21, 1922 in Washington State on her familys farm. In addition to raising standard crops for the region, her father bred and raised fox for their pelts, which were popular in the fashion industry at the time. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1943, when she met and married Ralph Francis Enos, her husband for over 50 years until his death in 1995. They had four children: Thomas Enos, Evelyn Praul, Ralph Gregory Enos, and Debi Robinette.

The center of Ruths life was church, children, and charity. She was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church in Davis, where she became a member in the founding days and continued active as the church grew to its current prominent position in the Davis community. For many decades, she sang in the choir, played the violin in church services, taught Sunday School, and supported womens ministries. She loved old-fashioned hymn singing and asked that such singing be a primary focus in her final services. As her ailments increasingly restricted her activities, she continued to attend church as much as possible and came to support radio and television ministries as well.

Ruth cared for children. She raised four children and helped raise three grandchildren whose mother asked her for help. She had three additional grandchildren, who, whether they lived close by or far away, were always in her thoughts and prayers. In the past 12 years, she helped care for her four great-grandchildren, who even in the last few months of her life spent many hours in her home almost every day.

Ruth made her career teaching children in special-education classes for over 20 years and completed a masters degree at the University of Southern California, with emphasis on special education. During her career, she taught children with physical handicaps, developmental handicaps, and learning disabilities. One of her final requests was for the family to sponsor an ice-cream social for her churchs children.

Ruth believed in giving to charity and generously supported a wide variety of charitable organizations, including her church and dozens of other Christian organizations. She had a special interest in Pine Tree Gardens, a highly regarded local mental-health service organization, serving on its board of directors for nearly 20 years. She also supported may other charitable groups devoted to benefiting the disabled, protecting animals, and promoting conservation.

Services recognizing Ruths life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd. in Davis on September 30, 2007 at 4:00 P.M. Community members are invited to attend. The family welcomes donations to the First Baptist Church of Davis, Pine Tree Gardens, or other local charities focusing on serving children or disabled people.



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Guestbook

I have fond memories of hearing Mrs. Enos play the violin and sing in church. She was one of the adults in my life as I was growing up, and I appreciated her and her family's acquaintance in my youth. May God bless her family with peace as they reflect upon her mortal life, and security as they ponder her eternal immortality.

Ken Emo Oct 10 2007 12:00 AM

I was lucky to have met Ruth in our 4-H club. She was a wonderful volunteer -loving and dependable with a sweet smile that was welcoming too. Janet Zwahlen

Janet Zwahlen Sep 27 2007 12:00 AM

There is so much that I could say about Ruth, but the one thing that touched me the most was her incredible faith. Her love for the Lord and her family was foremost in her life. I was fortunate enough to get to pray for Ruth during her final days. She was so beautiful when she prayed. She looked so peaceful and so sure that her heavenly Father was right there for her. I know that her family and friends will miss her terribly but I believe that she is playing the violin for her father as we speak. I also know that she will be watching over her family and be looking forward to the day that they will all be together again.

Karen Sims Sep 26 2007 12:00 AM

Ruth was one of a kind. I was fortunate enough to work with Ruth in the Golden Valley 4-H Club. At no time did I ever ask for a volunteer without Ruth putting up her hand. She was such an asset to our club in the projects she taught as well. I know several now young adults who thoroughly enjoyed the projects she taught (in particular the ones where she taught them to make candy). Not only did she work for the local club but she also chairs several committees at the county level as well. I can still remember her bringing Colleen out to the ranch for the sheep meetings! The Davis community has suffered a great loss in losing dear Ruth!

Donna Faye Washburn Sep 23 2007 12:00 AM

We both totally enjoyed our interactions with Ruth. She was one of a kind, for sure. She will be missed by many.

Tom and Claudia Pearson Sep 23 2007 12:00 AM