Ruth Cotten Papiano Giolman, beloved mother, aunt and friend, passed away June 24, 1998, in Pasadena, California, of complications associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 27, 1912, to Willis Tasker Cotten and Ida Tiernay Cotten. She married Leo Papiano, with whom she had a son, Neil. She later married Spero Giolman, who passed away in 1966.She spent many happy years with Spero, working in their restaurant, The Marathon Cafe, in downtown Los Angeles, where they both gave of themselves to the poor and needy, as well as the rich and famous who were regular patrons.
Ruth was a devotee of humor and laughter.
She was known for her wisdom and sage advice. She often counseled, "Don't let anyone or anything be your master, always make your own decisions with your head held high."
She held both national and local offices in several organizations including the Order of Eastern Star, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Artaban White Shrine #5 of San Marino, California, and served on the Supreme Counsel of the Order of Amaranth.
Ruth is survived by her son, Neil Papiano, an attorney in Los Angeles, with whom she resided for the last twenty years of her life; her brother-in-law Lloyd Tolman and niece Mrs. Terry (Connie) James, of Lakewood, California; nieces Adeline Ehninger of Salt Lake City and Mrs. Robert (Ida) Dea, of Magna, Utah; and many great and great great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husbands, mother, father, two brothers and two sisters.
A Remembrance Gathering will be held Friday, June 26, 1998, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Graveside services will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, June 27, 1998, at 11:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:
THE RUTH PAPIANO-GIOLMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF THE AGED, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Utah.
God, Please Take Her By the Hand. She Brings Laughter and Joy.
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