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Ruth was born to John S. Rowell and Helen Haines Rowell on 07/2/1922.  As a child, Ruth explored the oil fields of Oil Center and the hills of McKittrick and Derby Acres.  She could be found climbing oil derricks one day and trying to fly with homemade wings off her roof the next. During WWII,  Ruth worked in an airplane factory as the final inspector on B17’s. In 1944 she met Carl Boone at Gardner Field in Taft. Carl was a flight instructor who previously was stationed in Pearl Harbor during the attack.  They wed in May of 1944. While Carl was overseas in Europe, Ruth was a dance instructor for Rita Hayworth’s father and became good friends with the actress.  Ruth was blessed with two children, her daughter Patty and son Chris. Ruth moved to Delano in 1957 and resided there for 63 years.  Ruth worked at the Delano Library, retiring with Carl in 1982 after which she travelled extensively.

She was a vibrant free-spirited soul who had an unquenchable zest for life. She was an inspiration to all who knew and met her. She loved sewing, crafts, reading, travel and her wine. Ruth loved all the holidays but especially Christmas. She decided on a theme each year which was reflected in every homemade gift for all of her extended family.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, her beloved daughter Patricia Boone Swertfeger, sister Margaret McCool, brother John Rowell. She is survived by her brother David Rowell, her son Chris Boone (Connie), grandson Zach Boone, granddaughter Heidi Snider, three great granddaughters and 2  great-great granddaughters.

Celebration of life on 10/11/22 @ 1:00PM  at the North Kern Cemetery ( Delano)

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Ruth was a joy to know and she made our life better in every way.

Jerry and Paula Swertfeger Oct 30 2022 4:01 PM

I have such fond memories of your mom Chris. She did have a zest for life. I did not know about our “B-7 connection” - my dad was a B-17 pilot in WWII. My thoughts & prayers are with you, Connie & Zach. Even though she lived an incredible 100 years…you will miss her greatly.

Cheryl Collins Oct 8 2022 9:28 PM