Palo Alto icon Ruth Spangenberg dies at 92


Ruth Beahrs Spangenberg, 92, co-founder of the Committee for Green Foothills and a longtime contributor to the Palo Alto school system, died Oct. 30. "We're all here to help each other. That's my one philosophy," Spangenberg believed. "There's no such thing as coincidence. If one door closes, be ready for another to open."

Read more about Ruth Spangenberg in Lasting Memories.

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Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

Ruth Spagenberg was one-of-a-kind. She will be mourned, missed & fondly remembered. RIP.

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Posted by Ronna Devincenzi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Ruth had such enthusiasm & a real interest in other people and in their well-being. I remember her consideration for others most, even in small ways that mattered. But she was almost bigger than life, even in her capacity to be friendly and welcoming of everyone. Her passing is a loss to the community. That there will be more women like Ruth in Palo Alto, to follow her lead.

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