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Ruth Elizabeth Kershner Webb, 83

August 31, 2010
  • Ruth Elizabeth Kershner Webb, 83
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-AUG. 30, 2010

Ruth Elizabeth Kershner Webb, much loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died Aug. 30 in Phoenix, Ariz., at age 83 of complications from Alzheimer's.

She is survived by her husband, Phillip; and children, Dewey, Barbara (John) Dearing and David (Lori).

Born to parents David and Alma Kershner in 1926, Ruth spent her early life in Clear Spring, where she worked as a secretary following high school graduation.

In 1946, she met her future husband, Phil, on a blind date while he was on leave from the Navy. After a lengthy correspondence, she visited him in 1948 in the then-desert wilds of Tucson, Ariz., where he relocated after being discharged.

They married in Nogales, Mexico. Because he was not yet 21, Phil often referred to the couple's Mexican marriage license as "the best $20 I ever spent."

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Ruth supported the couple while Phil attended the University of Arizona as an engineering student. When Phil landed a job at Goodyear in 1951, the couple moved to Phoenix to raise a family, where Ruth exhibited the sunny disposition and homemaking skills that prompted her children's friends to marvel that she was "a real-life June Cleaver." In addition to sewing, cooking (particularly Mexican food), bridge, bowling and singing, she for many years worked at local polling places on election days.

After Phil retired, the pair enjoyed travel, touring Europe, Panama, Alaska and Canada, not to mention more than a few trips to Laughlin, Nev.

Ruth is also survived by grandchildren, David and Andrew Dearing, and Erica and David Webb.

She was predeceased by sister, Mildred "Shirl" (Jim) Shryock.

Surviving siblings are Edith Myers of Williamsport, and Margaret "Pudge" (Fred) Cornett and Richard (Joan) Kershner of Clear Spring.

A private gathering will be held for family and friends in Phoenix.

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