Her Name Was Ruth
And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Ruth Ann Owens
December 29, 1956 – October 7, 2011
After several years of blogging my friend Midwest Engineer told me in 2009 that a reader and commenter had volunteered to help out at Gateway Pundit. Her name was Ruth. She had written Midwest Engineer and they spoke several times. She wanted to help out. She liked what I was doing. That’s about all I knew at the time. Ruth was going to help manage comments and send tips. She was a good conservative woman. She loved her country. She said she had the time. Ruth wanted to help out because she believed in what I was doing at Gateway Pundit in confronting the media narrative, exposing the truth and shining light on the corrupt democrat-media complex.
I met Ruth last year. I was invited to speak at at Tea Party in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ruth invited me to stay at her home that weekend. When I first saw Ruth she was resting in bed. It took me back. I had no idea she was in poor health and could not walk. She never volunteered that information. She never complained about her situation. She never told me she was suffering. She told me about a successful career she had before moving to New Mexico. She only asked, “What can I do to help?”
Ruth continued to assist me this past year. Her user name in the comment’s section was Chisum. She started posting articles last year under the name Lady Liberty. She wanted to remain anonymous. She helped out when I was traveling or when I was out for the night.
This summer Ruth was so excited to tell me that her husband was helping her get into the pool for exercise. She was hopeful about her physical health. She was always so positive. But, then on July 22, 2011 her family called me. Ruth had suffered a horrible accident at the pool. She broke her pelvis, both legs and her upper arm. They took her by ambulance to the hospital… She called me from the hospital that week. We spoke several times. She even had her computer set up in her room. She never complained about the pain. Nearly a month had passed before Ruth finally told me that her cancer had returned. She was going to fight it aggressively. She had big plans for her life and for this blog and for her family. She wasn’t going to give up.
But, God had other plans. In September the doctors started to treat her cancer. But, after her first treatment she caught pneumonia. They had to sedate her and stick a tube down her throat to help her breathe. She was in a great deal of discomfort. Last week they took the breathing tube out and she struggled at first but then started breathing on her own. Then she started talking. Her family was so excited to tell me this news. But Ruth took a turn for the worse this past week. The doctors just couldn’t manage the pain and the family decided to discontinue her treatments. Ruth entered hospice on Thursday. My dear friend passed away yesterday morning.
Please keep Ruth’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
I will miss Ruth.
Thank you, Lady Liberty.