Ruth Ann Beechick
August 29, 1925 – November 27, 2013
In Memory Of Ruth Beechick
Ruth Ann Beechick grew up in the rural Foster area, south of Seattle. At Foster Grade School and High School she had several teachers who were graduates of Seattle Pacific College. Her music teacher in school taught her music also at Foster Presbyterian Church.
That music teacher made sure that Ruth majored in music at Seattle Pacific College. She was in a vocal trio, part of a gospel team to represent SPC. Also she sang in the college a capella choir, the best choir she has ever heard. Years after college she heard a beautiful sounding instrument on the radio, a vibraharp. She decided to get one for herself so that she could make that beautiful sound. She played it in church and many others enjoyed that beautiful sound.
Hymns that she loved and sang as solos were My Jesus As Thou Wilt, God Leads Us Along, and Ten Thousand Angels. She told a story about Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us. During the war a guard standing watch at night was singing that song, and a German hiding in the bushes about to shoot him decided not to shoot him when he heard him singing. The hymn, Living for Jesus, inspired Ruth as young girl. She noticed the words while singing it with the congregation one Sunday, and in the act of singing she dedicated her life to the Lord.
At vacation Bible School Ruth was trying hard to win a Bible memory contest. But each time she would memorize a passage, her younger sister copied her and memorized the same passage. So just before the deadline, during a time when the other kids were out playing, Ruth sat in the church pew and concentrated the hardest she ever did on memorizing a passage, the ten commandments. She won the contest, and that passage has stuck with her ever since.
After reading Philippians 4:8 she realized that you are what you think, and that became her life verse. It says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Ruth loved the outdoors and rugged nature. As a child she took church trips to Mount Rainer, the Cascades, and the Olympics. Her first teaching job was in another rugged place, Valdez, Alaska. There she met Paul. After they got married she helped him build their first house on a homestead on Lazy Mountain outside of Palmer, Alaska. She went sheep hunting with Paul so that she could climb the mountains and view the scenery. She canoed down the Yukon River, and rafted down the Rogue River. She loved her last mountain home in Golden, Colorado, with a big picture window and views of the valley and deer in the yard.
Ruth spent a lifetime teaching and studying how people learn. First she taught her youngest sister the Lord’s prayer and the 23rd Psalm. Later she taught her sons to memorize chapters like Isaiah 53. As her life went on, she taught all the grades, from first grade on up through college. She taught in Washington state, Alaska, Arizona and in several colleges and seminaries in other states. She also spent thirteen years at Accent Publications writing curriculum for churches. Then she continued to write for the burgeoning homeschool movement. Amazon lists 68 of her books. One set of her books was translated into Chinese. She wrote many articles for homeschooling magazines and spoke at homeschooling conventions. Her degrees are A.B. from Seattle Pacific University, M.A.Ed. and Ed.D. from Arizona State University.
A book most influential on her thinking and writings was The Genesis Flood.
Ruth was born August 29, 1925 and died November 27, 2013 at 88 years old. Preceding Ruth in death is one brother, Bob, and one sister, Wilma. Surviving Ruth are two sisters, Hazel and JoAnne, two sons, Allen and Andy, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
She received the first annual homeshooling Ruth Beechick award. And now she has another, having heard those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
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December 8, 2014
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that He cares 1Peter 5:6,7
September 7, 2014
I have been homeschooling now for over 18 years, and Ruth Beechick's teachings have been the number one influence in our experience. It's not even possible to put into words how much she has helped us! What a wonderful legacy she has left behind! God bless...
August 20, 2014
Dear Beechick family, I just stumbled across this site. As a home school mom, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate and respect Mrs. Beechick for her sound teaching principles. When I think of her, I relax. That's what she taught me thru her books to do. What a gift she was to the home educating community!
January 20, 2014
I have thanked the Lord for Ruth's work for the Lord and in support of home education. I especially found her book, You Can Successfully Teach Your Children, useful when preparing to give homeschool seminars for a jungle tribe in Ecuador. I wish it had been translated into Spanish--we could have saved teaching the information in three languages. I was blessed to be the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Ruth Beechick Award for Contribution to Home Education in the State of Colorado. I look forward to meeting and having fellowship with this dear lady whose name and work so often impacts my ministry.
January 20, 2014
A great loss to the homeschooling community.
Sam Blumenfeld (Waltham, MA)
January 19, 2014
Dear Beechick Family, although I've never met Ruth, I read, studied, and implemented many of her homeschool books. Her advice was practical and encouraging in a very anti-homeschooling world. Most importantly, she always pointed us homeschool moms back to the real reason why we chose our path....to glorify God and teach our children to do the same. What pure joy she must be experiencing as she stands in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus! To Him Be All The Glory!
January 19, 2014
Ruth...I have never met you or your family. But your life's work has touched us deeply. We thank you for following God's call in your heart and obeying to write , leaving a legacy for the world. Thank you. God bless!!
January 18, 2014
Dear family. Ruth Beechick touched the lives of so many homeschool families around the world. Her solid, sensible, down to earth approach was refreshing, and so many parents are encouraged when reading her books. The beauty of of this is that RB will live on in the lives of the many she has touched and her legacy will continue as homeschoolers keep reading her excellent books. May God bless and comfort you in your loss of a fantastic lady, who I wish I had met personally.
Lindy Greaves, South Africa
January 17, 2014
Dear Andy, I just read of your mom's passing. I'm sorry for your loss. She left a tremendous legacy in the homeschooling community, & I know you loved her very much. I'm praying for you & the rest of your family today.
January 9, 2014
Dear Andy and Janice...sorry to hear of your loss...the good memories and kind people and friends of yours and your mother's can help sustain you at this time and as you continue to heal from your losses and adjust to your mom's rest in her Lord....
December 18, 2013
Dear Beechick family members, I just wanted you to know that your Mom was held in high regard in the homeschool community. I was introduced to her three little books early on in my own homeschool career and then heard her speak at the homeschool conference hosted by Christian Home Educators of Colorado in the 1990's. May God be glorified by her life and the influence she had on so many others and may your families continue this heritage for Him.
December 9, 2013
Hi Andy. I just learned of your mom's passing today, and want to extend my sympathy to you. My dad, Pastor Duggan enjoyed having her in his congregation, and she was a great asset to the church family.
We know you are comforted in knowing you will see her again.
Sharon (Duggan) Wilson