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In Memoriam

Ruth Martinson (1930-2007)

Longtime SOHO member and volunteer, mother of Ingrid Helton and mother-in-law of Erik Hanson passed away peacefully on April 16, 2007.

Ruth began volunteering for SOHO when Ingrid and Erik first served on the Board of Directors in the 1980's. While Ingrid led Events and Education, Ruth assisted with the essential clerical and organizational skills that helped make the events successful.

When SOHO acquired the Whaley House Ruth became one of the first docents. She was an educator her whole life, teaching 2nd and 4th graders in the public school system in Chula Vista. She was instrumental in establishing the unique junior docent program at the Whaley House and was respected and loved by all who worked with her.

She loved California History and embraced it, passing on that interest in California and its rich history to her children. She had a gift for enthusiastically sharing San Diego's History with relatives, visitors and family. The Star of India, Old Town, Historic Architecture in Golden Hill and the Whaley House were a must to visit and learn about upon their arrival to our beautiful city. Each relative to this day recalls what she introduced them to in San Diego, especially the Whaley House and Old Town.

Ruth was a giver, a passionate teacher, with a love for the arts, music, literature, history and bringing the past alive for children. Her dedication and love for our rich history will be missed but will continue on through all of those who she influenced and touched.

2007 - Volume 38, Issue 2

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