Obituary: Ruth Livingood Auld

Grandmother, longtime nurse and nursing administrator, traveler.
Ruth Geraldine Livingood Auld died November 26. Ruth was born May 15, 1928 in New Virginia, Iowa, the daughter of the late Jesse F. Livingood and Louella Whipkey Livingood. The family moved to Western Pennsylvania, where Ruth attended school. She graduated from Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and spent 58 years in various fields of nursing.

She married Dr. William D. (Bill) Auld in 1951. He was a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania and California, where they moved in 1959. He predeceased her in 2003. Their longest association was with First United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, where he was the minister.

After working as a private duty nurse and in physicians’ offices and hospitals in Pennsylvania and California, Ruth’s career culminated with positions as director of nursing and director of staff development and personnel at Hillhaven Convalescent Home in San Francisco. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross as a blood drive manager for six decades.

The couple enjoyed wide-ranging travel, including China, England, India, Israel, Northern Ireland, Nepal, Switzerland and in the U.S. They spent two years in Arrowtown, New Zealand on an exchange ministry.

In 1990, she and her husband moved to Pilgrim Place retirement community in Claremont. There they were active with the Claremont Presbyterian Church, where she volunteered as parish nurse for 10 years, served as a deacon, and was a representative in the National Health Ministries Association. They participated in many Pilgrim Place activities, and she won several Los Angeles County Fair ribbons for her weaving. She was a long-term volunteer chaplain at Pilgrim Place’s Health Services Center, where she spent her final years as a resident.

She is survived by her children, Lynne and David, their spouses Carl and Christine, and grandchildren Amara, Elan and Caitlin. Her siblings Alice and Jesse Robert also survive her, as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.


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