Obituary of Ruth Ingram Packard
Ruth Ingram Packard died peacefully in her home in Nevada City on Jan. 20, 2016. She was 83 years old and a resident of Nevada County for 22 years.
At her request, there will be no services. Ruth felt a walk in the woods to be the best way to remember her.
Ruth was born on Feb. 19, 1932 to Dorothy and Wendell Ingram at the Pasadena, California home of her grandmother, Anna Ballou Hofer. Ruth’s father owned and operated gold mining companies in Butte, Amador, Placer and Sierra counties, causing the family to move frequently. She graduated from Anna Head High School in Berkeley, California and the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada with a BS in history.
She worked as an elementary teacher in Sacramento and Marysville and after a move to Alaska, was the Administrative Assistant to an Alaska State Senator for many years. She returned to California to settle in Nevada City and worked for the Nevada County District Attorney’s Family Support Division, retiring in 2006.
Cats, birds, native plants and books were a deep interest, shared generously with her friends and family. At the time of her death, she was studying the history of China in 1600.
Ruth was an excellent researcher and recently completed a summary of the printed material on the Chinese living in Nevada County for the Nevada County Historical Society.
She is survived by her daughter Martha Packard of Sacramento; sister Mary Anne Kreshka of Nevada City; brother John Ingram of E. Machias, Maine; nieces, Wendy Griffin, Gaye Ingram and Mimi Wolin; and nephew David Kojan.
Memorial contributions can be made to Sierra Streams Institute at 431 Uren St., Suite C, Nevada City, CA 95959. Ruth was an early member and volunteer for the institute and deeply appreciated the scientific research approach used to preserve the health of Deer Creek.
Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Inc, Nevada City.
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