Obituary: Ruth Isabelle Horn, 92

Ruth Isabelle Horn, 92, passed away peacefully June 8th at her home on Olmstead Hill, sound of mind and sense of humor intact. She was surrounded by friends and the family she loved.
Daughter of Rolf and Isabelle Collins Holtvedt, she grew up in West Hempstead and Great Neck, L.I., with brothers John and Jim, and grandmother Belle Armstrong Collins.   The family summered with cousins in Wilton, where they loved horseback riding and helped organize the Wilton Pony Club, only the second Pony Club branch in the U.S. in 1936.

Blue-eyed Ruthie met the love of her life, John Horn, at Lehigh University in 1942. They wed in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church after the end of WWII, and were married for 43 years. Ruth served her community as a hospital aide, Cub Scout leader, and school volunteer. While living in northern Virginia, she authored a weekly newspaper column, “Here and Now,” for the Potomac News. She was ruthless at Scrabble, bridge and crosswords. She loved her family, travel, The Farm, beachcombing, a good read, and beautiful gardens. A talented gardener herself, Ruth nurtured the earth into bloom every place she lived.

After husband John’s passing, Ruth moved back to the home of her heart in Wilton.  Here, tiger lilies rooted among the stones tilled up by her ancestors, who had shaped this wild land into their livelihood. Now, she joyfully took up her trowel as 11th- generation owner of Olmstead Hill Farm, and went to work.

She is survived by their four children, Robert Horn of Denton, Texas, Marilyn Dunsmore of Roswell Ga., and Patricia Sweeney and John Horn, both of Wilton. Ruth’s life was brightened by the arrival of a 13th generation: Peter Horn, Lisa Christine Gee, Jennifer Martinez, Dale Dunsmore, and Brian Sweeney; and a 14th generation: Kaitlyn and Coleson Gee, Chloe Horn, and Eleanor and John Martinez.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, to celebrate Mom’s life we invite you to take in the beauty of the world around you, consider the blessings in your own life, and Pay It Forward.