Ruth A. Davis

Ruth Anita Davis of Santa Maria, Calif., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. She was 93.

Ruth was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Modesto, Calif., to James A. and Elsa M. Pedersen. She grew up on the family farm in the Modesto area and graduated from Ceres Union High School in 1944. She moved to the navy base at China Lake, Calif., in 1946, to Santa Maria in 1964, back to China Lake/Ridgecrest in 1983 and returned to Santa Maria in 2015.

She had a total of 23 years of employment at China Lake and 15 years at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Office. She is survived by sons Kenneth Davis and wife Rose of Ridgecrest, Kurtis Klucker and wife Susan of Santa Maria; daughter Linda Thomas of Santa Maria; niece Donna Campbell and nephew Gary Hubbard of Selma, Ore. Ruth had eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her son Keith Davis (1985), sister Marie Fulbright (1989) and brother Andrew Pedersen (2010) and his wife Cora Mae (2009).

Ruth was a beloved mother and quite the character and is truly missed. Her cremation is being handled by Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Santa Maria.

— Submitted by the family of Ruth Davis

Story First Published: 2020-01-10