Ruth B. Luke died October 6, 2013 at age 86. She is survived by three daughters, Candace Luke-Bless, Carin Luke, and Wendy L. Colquitt, and four grandchildren, Emily Bless, Jenna Bless, Melissa Colquitt, and Jordan Colquitt. Born Ruth Louise Baker on June 4, 1927 in Derby, CT, she was high-spirited, independent, artistic, generous, and compassionate. She was also tremendously courageous: when working as hotel night manager in Florida, she 'talked down' a violent thief who had killed every previous victim, in the process saving the life of her daughter and resulting in the perpetrator's subsequent capture by police. On retiring, she earned a B.S. degree at age 75. She later tutored Spanish-speaking students in reading English and sought always to be of service to others. She will be missed dearly. Her daughters are arranging a remembrance service in her honor.