Ruth Brown Power
July 23, 1925 – June 23, 2020
Ruth Power made her final port of call on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 one month shy of her 95th birthday. Ruth was born on July 23, 1925 to Paul and Ruth Brown in Chicago, Ill. She married her high school sweetheart Robert (Bob) V. Power in Chicago in 1945 and was married for 56 years. They raised four sons, Fred, Pete, Mike, and Bob. The family moved to Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey, and it was there where Ruth took night courses to begin a 25-year career in the travel industry. She liked to golf; she loved to sing; but her true passion was traveling. Her love of travel was sparked when she and Bob won a trip to Hawaii in 1968. She traveled throughout the world, but Hawaii always seemed to have a special place in her heart. In 1976 Bob and Ruth relocated to CA where they lived for 40 years. Ruth is pre-deceased by her husband Bob and her son Pete. She is survived by her sons: Fred (Diana) Power, Mike (Kathy) Power, and Bob (Amy Forseth) Power; her grand-children, Terri Power, Pete Power, Ruu Power, Dustin Power, Carly Staublin, Jaime Roop, Justin Power, Jake Power, and Alicia Power, and 14 great grand-children. She, also, leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Ruth will be remembered for attending as many special events, graduations, weddings, and other milestones as possible, of all her children, grand-children, and great grand-children. Her laughter was infectious, always the life of the party, and always delighted if the joke was on her. A special thank you to the staff at the Bridges of Riverview, FL. and the staff at Melech Hospice House, Temple Terrace, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Ruth Brown Power
June 27, 2020
Love and Miss You Mom!
Mike and Kathy
June 26, 2020
Yesterday a great light left us. My Grandma Ruth Power passed away at the golden age of 94. She left us exactly one month before her 95th birthday, which was fitting since she was determined not to 'grow old' and wasn't looking forward to turning 95. We were making plans for a big celebration on her birthday (July 23) and this was her little joke on us.
If you know me well, then you know that this woman was the bedrock of my life. When my ground was continually shifting in my life and chaos followed, she was the strong steady presence that kept me grounded, focused, and supported. She was a second mother to me and gave me all the physical, financial and emotional support I needed to achieve a greater life for myself. It was because of her that I went to college, because of her that I was an independent woman, because of her that I traveled the world.
Born in 1925 Grandma was a tough yet loving woman. She drove a truck in her 60s/70s, she traveled around the world (sometimes on her own), and had a fierce mind. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzler, and mean card player. She helped me through an Advanced College Algebra course even though she never went to college. In her advancing age she still was learning and growing and was often on the computer and had her own Facebook page.
Her words could be harsh but often were necessary truths that you needed to hear. She sometimes was hard on me but I later recognized that it was because she wanted the best for me. She wanted me to excel and strive for excellence in all areas of my life. I have no doubt that she was the greatest influence behind my many academic achievements.
Above all, she taught me to LOVE unconditionally. Even in her 90s she accepted us and loved us all for who we are despite our many differences. So many of us, sooo many of us, that would have been treated poorly by others were treated with great love via her acceptance and respect. I will love her forever.
Jake and Vanessa Power
June 26, 2020
We will miss Gigi greatly. We feel very fortunate that our children had the opportunity to get to know their great grandmother. This is a rare opportunity that few have the chance to experience. We will miss her spunk and her love for traveling the world. Our children will always remember the special little gifts she gave to them when they came to visit. She always had a notepad, puzzles, stickers, tiny dolls, or magnets to send them home with. They loved all of their treasures from Gigi! She was a generous women. It was an honor to know and love her. The first opportunity we can we'll be getting a McDonalds plain cheese burger and a hot fudge sundae to celebrate her life and legacy. - Love, The Powers
June 25, 2020
I was welcomed whole-heartedly into Grandma's house and she willingly accepted me as another granddaughter. I had tremendous respect, awe and reverence for her as an elder.
I would basically do anything she asked me to do and she quickly caught on to that and would have fairly extensive lists of house repairs awaiting my arrival. On one occasion she informed me that the toilet flush was broken, she then drove me to Home Depot and I got the part we needed. When we got to the cashier I said to Grandma, 'I'll pay' and she replies, ' I should think so, you broke it!' I said, ' yes, of course'...?
I would never dream of arguing with Grandma, I'm fairly sensible, so I just did as I was told! We only got to go one way up Candy Cane Lane and no way we were getting to see the other side of the street, Grandma said, ' You all should have looked out of both sides' and of course I totally agreed that would have been sensible.
She was incredibly generous too, giving us and our big dog a roof over our heads and helping us with a car when we first moved to the U.S.
I found her inspirational; small but independent and very smart and strong.
Grandma deserved every bit of my respect.
I loved spending time talking with her and drinking coffee on the porch in the mornings and watching the humming birds on the feeder.
June 24, 2020
Ruth was always so kind to me always treated me like family. She is my daughter's grandmother . she will be missed very much .