Ruth Vickery Brydon (1930-2024)

Ruth Vickery Brydon (1930-2024)
A lover of animals and British murder mysteries, Ruth Brydon was a deeply thoughtful and greatly loved mom, granny, teacher and friend.

She was born in San Jose, California, June 2, 1930, and raised in Berkeley, California.  She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in History (1951), and M.A. degrees from Chico State in both History and School Administration (1987). Her master’s thesis was published: Westwood California:  A Company Town in Comparative Perspective, 1900-1930.

Ruth married Harold Brydon (1950). The family lived in Khatmandu, Nepal, and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti while her husband worked for USAID.  They later moved to the Westwood – Lake Almanor area in beautiful northern California. The couple divorced in 1976.

Ruth was a passionate historian and teacher of history, political science, economics and home economics.  She taught Riverside High School for two years and then Westwood High School for 22 years where she helped fund and establish a vocational training program. She also taught at Lassen Community College and served as the LCC Extension Coordinator.

Attempting to retire, she resettled in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Instead of retiring, she taught at Mojave Community College and was a substitute teacher and librarian at Lake Havasu High School.  She was a founder of the Lake Havasu History Museum and served as curator for more than 20 years.  She was a longtime member of the women’s philanthropical organization, PEO International and a faithful Episcopalian.

Ruth especially loved hosting her grandchildren for summer holidays. In her last years, she moved to Long Beach, California, where her son and grandchildren provided compassionate care for her.

Ruth passed away May 31 in San Pedro, California, with family members by her side. Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Vickery, Jr. and sister, Mary Sutton. She is survived by her children Ken (and Josephine) Brydon of Apple Valley, California, Carol (and Joseph) Koford of Anchorage, Alaska, and Marilyn (and Howard) Belove of Petaluma, California, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, with three on the way.  We three children honor our mother, as a domestic abuse survivor, for her faithful efforts to help our father.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lake Havasu Museum of History,; or by check to:  320 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City, AZ  86403.

A memorial service will be held graveside at 1 p.m. July 27, at the Madronia Cemetery at 14766 Oak Street in Saratoga, CA 95070.

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