Ruth received her BA in political science in 1944 and an MA in Education and English in 1960 from the University of Iowa.
Ruth started with DoDDS in 1954 as a Dorm counselor at Kaiserslautern HS in Germany. After a year in the dorm, she taught English at the high school. In 1964, she transferred to Orleans HS, then to Lakenheath HS, Seoul HS, and E. J. King HS in Sasebo, Japan. She finished her 36 year career with DoDDS at Zama HS, Japan.
Ruth retired to Florida where she passed away in 2010.