Memorial: Ruth C. Mossman, 1917-2011
Ruth C. Mossman passed away peacefully in her home Nov. 27.
Born Ruth Campbell Kistler on Dec. 25, 1917, in New York City, Ruth moved to California as a young woman with her mother and sister. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and UCLA.
Ruth met her husband, Emmet, while working as a computer analyst for NACA (predecessor of NASA) at Moffat Field, Calif. She married Emmet on Nov. 15, 1943, in San Francisco, a marriage lasting 68 years.
Ruth first put on skis at Badger Pass outside Yosemite in 1943. Ruth and Emmet built a summer cabin, now in the National Historical Register, on Sonora Pass by hand in 1948. After skiing the Sierras in winter and fishing and hiking the Sierras in summer, Ruth and Emmet moved to Denver in 1958.
With her skills in mathematics and logic, Ruth programmed in assembly language and FORTRAN for IBM in Denver for 10 years. Many days, Ruth worked with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NOAA).
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In 1964, Ruth and Emmet took a chance on the new ski area called Vail, bought a lot and built a home at 166 Forest Road. After working a 40-hour week, Ruth would drive up the hill Friday evening, cook dinner and be ready for a backpack trip to Mystic Isles Lake or a good round of golf on Saturday morning. Ruth could with equal skill sew a new down ski jacket or find a Bogner jumpsuit for half off in the village.
After retirement, Ruth accompanied her husband to numerous tennis tournaments throughout the United States.
For the next 40 years, Ruth enjoyed skiing the Back Bowls with family and friends, delightful evenings spent indulging a niece or nephew in a good game of Scrabble and nights spent recapping the day’s skiing and developing a plan for “first tracks” tomorrow.
A perfect summer day for Ruth was a vigorous hike in the Rockies with her “girlfriends” … or a hike down from Mid Vail with friends, searching for wildflowers and raspberries.
In 1995, Ruth and Emmet built a home in Edwards and spent many a quiet evening on the deck with friends and family.
An active woman and striving for perfection in everything she did, Ruth will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Emmet; brother and sister in-laws Paul and Ann Mossman; five nephews; four nieces; nine great-nephews and great-nieces; and two great-great-nephews.