Obituary: WOFFINDEN, RUTH JANE

Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 12:01 a.m. MDT

Ruth Jane Woffinden1923 ~ 2011Ruth Jane Woffinden died peacefully on November 19, 2011 at the age of 88. She was born on March 24, 1923 to George Arthur Rynearson and Zotia Walker Garn in Los Angeles, California. She met Charles Maurice Woffinden sitting on the curb at the Rose Parade (so they "met in the gutter" and the only way to go was up). They were married on July 18, 1941 in The Logan LDS Temple, and then sailed for Honolulu on the SS Mariposa . They lived in Hawaii for the next 13 years. When all non-essential personnel were ordered to return to the mainland after Pearl Harbor, Ruth found an essential job with the military that allowed her to stay in Hawaii with Charles. Ruth and Charles have five children, Nancy Ann (William Evenson), June Marie (stillborn), Gary Arthur (Kathleen Ritchie), Charles Brent (Pamela Dayton), and Arlen Dean (Debi Nielsen). When they moved to Washington, DC, in 1954, Ruth went to work at the Bureau of Naval Weapons as a lowest grade punch tape typist. She ended her employment there as head of the Programming Division and the highest ranking civilian woman in the Bureau. She also became the first woman to teach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.When the family moved to Kansas City in 1965, Ruth became a Computer Systems Analyst for TWA Airlines. Her executive status with TWA gave her unlimited flight privileges; there are few places she has not visited.When Charles was transferred to St. Louis as liaison between the Weather Bureau and the Air Force, Ruth remained in Kansas City for a short time. Since she had TWA and Charles had military flight privileges, whoever got off work earliest would catch a plane to "your place or mine?" When Ruth moved to St. Louis, she was unpacking on a snowy day with Hawaiian music to cheer her up when Charles called. "What are you doing?" "Unpacking." "Oh, I don't think you should do that." They had been transferred back to Hawaii, where Ruth worked for Hawaiian Air until they both retired and moved to Mission Viejo, California. Ruth and Charles served a Genealogy Mission to Frankfu rt, Germany and worked in both the Hawaii and San Diego temples. Ruth served in many callings as a life-long dedicated member of the LDS church.Ruth cared for Charles faithfully for the last 5 years of his life when he was disabled with Parkinson's disease. Charles died in 2000, and Ruth has spent the last 11 years caring for and enjoying her children, 27 grandchildren and their spouses, and most particularly, her 68 great grand children.A family memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 25 in Provo. Call Nancy at 801-375-3180 for details. Funeral will be in Mission Viejo, CA with burial at Riverside National Cemetery.