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.