Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In Loving Memory of a wonderful Mother

Ruth Marie Ferm Kiehl
July 25, 1920-November 25, 2009
Ruth was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Marquette. She was very active
in the Church. She was a gifted musician through out her life. She played the Viola and Flute in her early years. Also the piano and later the Organ she was also gifted with a beautiful singing voice.

Her working years involved banking, PBX operator at both Boeing and Rohr Aircraft. Her favorite job was as an Organ teacher for a music store in San Diego, Ca.

After many years in Michigan where she meet her 1st husband John T. Seaman of Houghton, Mi. they later moved to Muskegon , Mi then to Elkart, Indiana with their two daughters, Katherine and Jean. From there they moved to Seattle, Washington and they both worked at Boeing for 4 years. John was offered a job in Southern California at Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista. Ruth worked as a PBX operator there also.

John and Ruth parted ways in 1967. In 1969 Ruth married Joseph Keihl. Joseph also worked at Rohr. They enjoyed traveling in their RV for many years. After years in the San Diego area both Ruth and Joe moved to Sun City, Arizona to be close to Ruth's daughter's and grandchildren in Jan. 2006.

Joseph passed away in June of 2006.
Ruth continued to enjoy various activities in the Sun City area.
Concert's and her favorite just being with family. She had her own unique personality that we all loved and enjoyed.
Ruth's parents were Willard and Edith Ferm.
Her older brother Bill Ferm of Spring Lake, Mi passed in 1979, younger brother Martin Ferm of
Rock Island, Ill passed Sept.2008. Sister Shirley Bruining of Muskegon, Mi also passed in March, 2010 only 4 months after Ruth.

Ruth is survived by her daughter's Kathrine Ruth Perez of El Mirage, AZ, Jean Ann Anderson of Sun City, AZ . Also 7 grandchildren, Craig, David, Lisa, Tony Jr, Sandra, Jason and Luke. There are 5 Great Grandchildren - Andrew, Samuel, Bennett, Elinor and Aiden. Nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.
Ruth had one step daughter-Elizabeth Anderise Thomas and 4 step grandchildren.


Jean A said...

Mom was one of those mother's that you could say "one of the best mom's". I know there are a lot of great mom's out there and consider yourself lucky to have one of them in your life. She had many special qualities. We were so lucky to have her for 89 years. What a blessing. Missing mom on this Easter.

Lisa said...

Very well said, mom! She was one of a kind. Love you!

Jean A said...

I wrote that as a draft but I think it is very good as it is.

Jean A said...

I thought of you today and all that you had taught me in your own special way.
I walked by your house down the street and stopped at the gate. Strangers are now within as I almost felt I should reach for the key and enter like I did day after day.
I pictured you sitting in your chair waiting for my arrival with a smile on your face.
We all miss you and will never forget all the special times we had.

Jean A said...

Thought of you a lot yesterday on what would have been your 92nd birthday. The day is just not the same anymore. It was Bennett's 12th birthday yesterday also. I remember so well how Craig called you to let you know he had been born and on your birthday. Plus we were altogther that day in San Diego to surprise you on you special day at Tom Hom's on Harbor Island.

Jean A said...

Just over 3 years ago now since that day that changed my life forever. But we are doing pretty good except for our chronic pain issues.