El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA


Betty Yvonne Ruthenberg

December 6, 1937September 10, 2020

Betty Yvonne RUTHENBERG, age 82, of El Cajon, California passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Betty was born December 6, 1937 to Edith Ruthenberg and Reuben Ruthenberg.

Betty is survived by daughter Rhonda Ruthenberg (J. R. Henderson) of Ramona, California; and son David Ruthenberg of San Diego, California; brother Clifford Babitt of Mills City, Ore, brother Ferrell Babbitt (Joni) of Sun City, Arizona and sister Sue Barnett of Visalia, California.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband David Ruthenberg; daughter Lisa Wales; father Reuben Ruthenberg and mother Edith Ruthenberg.

Betty is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren

A visitation for Betty will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service, 684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020. A funeral service will occur Monday, September 21, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Residence of Rhonda Henderson (barn), 1221 Avenida Naranja, Ramona, CA 92065. A graveside service will occur Monday, September 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St., Ramona, CA 92065. A burial will occur at NUEVO MEMORIAL GARDENS, 532 ASH ST, RAMONA, California 92065-1404.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elcajonmortuary.com for the RUTHENBERG family.


  • David Ruthenberg, Husband (deceased)
  • Rhonda Ruthenberg (J. R. Henderson), Daughter
  • David Ruthenberg, Son
  • Lisa Wales, Daughter (deceased)
  • Reuben Ruthenberg, Father (deceased)
  • Edith Ruthenberg, Mother (deceased)
  • Clifford Babitt, Brother
  • Ferrell Babbitt (Joni), Brother
  • Sue Barnett, Sister
  • Betty is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren

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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, September 21, 2020


Betty Yvonne Ruthenberg

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Debbie Porter

September 16, 2020

I am so very, very sorry about the loss of Betty. I know your heart is broken. I just can’t believe she’s gone. I just can’t believe I won’t be getting her Christmas card this year. Mark and I will be flying in from Colorado for her funeral on Monday. Please let me know if I can help or support you in any way! My phone number is 719 -660-0083.
Debbie Porter

Savannah Wales

September 13, 2020

Grandma Betty left such a remarkable legacy behind, and the world will never be the same now that she's gone. She had the most incredible heart; it was always open to those in need. Her laugh could brighten a room, and some of my fondest memories are growing up in her house on Marlinda. Grandma, you're gone but never, ever forgotten, and I'm so thankful for all the amazing memories I have because of you. Rest easy next to Mom and Grandpa, and give them a hug for me wherever you are. I love you so much!


September 11, 2020

Such a special lady...
Every child should have a Grandmother or Great Grandmother like Betty Ruthenberg, Along with the grandkids, Betty was all about family, and they all loved her as much as she loved them. The world was a better place because you were here, Betty. Thank you for always being there for Kristiana, Taylor, Daniel, and Marnie. I will try to fill your shoes with Kristiana and Kyle's and Taylor's and Matt's families, and with Dan and Amanda. You will forever be in our hearts! Love, Alan and Linda


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