Ruth L. Holden

Ruth L. Holden, 96, long time resident of Yucaipa, passed away on Sept. 15, 2019, at home.

Ruth was born on March 8, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn. to Dr. George and Meta Runnerstrom. They resided in Minneapolis until 1940, when the family moved to Washington D.C. so her father could practice medicine at the Veterans Hospital. While there Ruth went to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Criminal Classification and Identification Department. While working for the bureau she also volunteered to hostess at the Washington Canteen, where she provided company for the servicemen. While serving at the Canteen Ruth met her eventual husband, Jim.

The couple married in Sept. of 1946 to St. Louis, Miss. In 1947, the couple had their first and only child Jim, Jr. In 1953 the Holdens moved to Yucaipa so that they could be close to Ruth’s mother, who had moved west for her husband’s health. The family’s move to Yucaipa coincided with the opening of Dunlap Elementary School where Ruth became a part of the first PTA for Dunlap. Ruth was very active in school activities and in 1959 along with her husband decided that Yucaipa needed its own school district. She along with a few other residents spearheaded the formation of the Yucaipa School District, which separated Yucaipa from the Redlands School District.

In 1964, Ruth went to work for Yucaipa High School, as a clerk in the front office and eventually as assistant librarian for the high school and later the junior high. Ruth served the district until 1985. Ruth’s first husband Jim passed away in 1979 and she remained single, but active as a volunteer for the Veterans Hospital. Ruth remarried in the mid 90s to Warren Walker. The couple built a home in Pahrump, Nev. where they lived until 2000 when Ruth moved back to Yucaipa. She volunteered at Calimesa Community Center serving meals to the residents of Calimesa. In 2016, she moved to Golden Oaks Retirement Home where she spent many happy days until her death.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brother Warren, first husband Jim and second husband Warren Walker.

She is survived by her only child, Jim Jr., and her daughter-in-law Joanie.

There will be no services held.