Ruth Boyd Stein

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Ruth Boyd Stein, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Ruth was born in Albion, Mich. Ruth survived her parents Herbert Russell Boyd and Ruth Sarah Stiles, her husband of 63 years CDR. Earl Manuel “Joe” Stein, USN (Ret.) and sister Alice Boyd DesErmia.

Ruth was a 1943 graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton, Mich., and Michigan State University in 1948. She attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa for continued studies in Home Economics. She enjoyed a wide circle of dear friends and was a founding member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church, a member of Broad Bay Country Club and Virginia Beach Yacht Club. She was also a past Regent (twice) of Adam Thoroughgood Chapter NSDAR and a member of Colonial Dames, Daughters of American Colonists and R.O.W.S. She participated for many years in several bridge and golf groups. Ruth was the ultimate Navy wife in every way. She managed many moves, only packing the garbage once. She taught school wherever her Naval Aviator husband was stationed. She loved to cook and entertain family and friends and was well known for her parties. Ruth is survived by daughters Deborah and Melani and granddaughter Sumner; extended Virginia Beach family Sharlene Alston, Shelley A. Thomlinson and Terry Horan; family members in Michigan; many dear and treasured neighbors and friends near and far.

Graveside services for Ruth will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Riverside Cemetery, Clinton with Rev. Richard Mortimer officiating. Condolences to the family may be made online at

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