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Friday, February 14, 2020

RIP Ruth Friend

Received the following message on Facebook:

Our beloved Ruth died on Saturday, February 8th. She was at home, peaceful and with her family. Please send her love and encouragement as her spirit transitions towards her next adventure.
She touched so many of our lives as a friend, mentor, mother, sister, partner and fun loving companion. We will be holding a memorial in the coming months, please feel free to reach out here for more information.
Now we carry on all that she instilled in us about love, about making the world a better place, about taking care of each other and about taking care of ourselves.

See comments on Ruth's Facebook page

Ken and Elizabeth Sawyer had memorial service for Ruth at their Back Porch Zendo.

First met Ruth when she was with Sim Van der Ryn. They were married for many years, living on the Sausalito houseboat, in the Inverness home he built, and in Sacramento when he was State Architect. Jerry Brown would drop by and I remember how shed give him a hard tme sometimes. She was outspoken - and fun. Saw her at Tassajara, the City Center, and Green Gulch as well from time to time. She was a weaver and studied with Ida Grae who wrote Dressing the loom : a handbook for weavers showing the direct beaming method of warping. I saw her a number of times in 2012 and 2013 at the Redwoods retirement home in Mill Valley were her Korean mother was. Her mother was Richard Moore's close friend there. I remember how Ruth would say her mother's profession was smuggling gold from country to country. Also in those last years before we left the States, I'd see Ruth on Sunday's at Anam Thubten's wonderful and well-attended talks in Point Richmond. See Dharmata Foundation. We stayed in touch since then mainly by email. Farewell Ruth, dear friend.

Ruth Friend will always be a heroin of mine a leader driven by compassion, a resilient cancer patient who fought with grace and courage. Ruth will now rest in eternal peace and her contagious energy will lead us all to the light. Love you dear sweet Ruth - Huda Abuarquob from FB