Obituary: Ruth Johnston |

Obituary: Ruth Johnston

February 20, 1916 – May 10, 2013

Ruth Johnston passed away peacefully at home on Capitol Creek, 97 years young (which she occasionally rounded up to 100, figuring it was close enough). Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Elston, son Stephen, and two sisters. Descendants include: son David (Cari) Johnston of Talkeetna, AK, daughter Jill (Dwain) Mefford of Trinidad, CA, daughter-in-law Ann Thongtree of Thailand, daughter Molly (Steve) Child of Snowmass, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Thailand, and New Zealand. Ruth grew up in Brevard, NC, graduated in Biology from Maryville College at age 19. She taught high school Chemistry, met her husband while working in summer camps in Maine, raised four children, taught kindergarten for 26 years, and was head camp counselor in Fairlee, Vermont for many summers. She was a devoted member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Basalt. Ruth lived life with the joy of discovery and fascination with the natural world. She was able to gracefully blend religion and science, women’s rights with the importance of family, personal freedom with responsibility. May her wisdom ripple out to future generations. A memorial service will be held in June.

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