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Ruth Arnold Stone

November 9, 1927 ~ December 23, 2021 (age 94)

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Ruth (Arnold) Stone was born to Eula and Lee Arnold on November 9, 1927, in Tennessee and passed December 23, 2021, in Stockton, California.  She was married to Bob Stone, whose passing preceded hers. Ruth enriched the lives of countless persons through her expertise in the field of mathematics and her abundant generosity of spirit.

Ruth vigorously pursued tennis and basketball as a young woman.  She remained physically active throughout her life, maintaining a love of the outdoors, gardening and animals.  She and Bob bred and raised a limited number of Hereford cattle and AQHA cutting horses while living in Le Grand, California, and Ruth homed more than one “Lucky Puppy” in her retirement years.  Ruth enjoyed participating in Planada Community Day.  She collected paperweights, wore polished stone brooches, and smiled.

Ruth met the love of her life, Bob Stone, when both were new teachers in Pasco, Washington.  They married there, and continued educational careers in Palo Alto, California. In addition to teaching, they authored a text book on the teaching of geometry, which led to assignments for both in Japan.  A delightful and lifelong consequence of that trip was the young woman who came home in their care, Kiyoko.  She remained close to the couple all of their lives.

Retirement from Palo Alto School District was followed by the position of Math Clinician in Merced City Schools.  In Merced, Ruth continued the giving of time, encouragement, and assistance to students and their families.  In the words of students:

 You didn’t have the time, yet took the time.
 You had given all you had to give and kept on giving.
 She taught me how my brain came up with the answer instead of simply “knowing it.”
 You have been my angel.
 Not a day goes by where I apply mathematics that I do not think about the opportunity (...I was class clown) and doors she opened for me to excel in that field...
 The more lasting the impression, the more that teacher cared.
 There are many words for me to say, but the biggest is: “I love you.”

Ruth Stone’s life continues to encourage and inspire.

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