2012-12-27 / Obituaries

Ruth Hecker

Ruth Hecker, a resident of the Mariposa and Ahwahnee areas for over 30 years, passed away, passed away Dec. 14.

Ruth was born to Harry and Orpha Cornwell of Ankeny, Iowa, on Nov. 30, 1920. She was raised in a very loving home with two brothers and a sister. She attended elementary and high school in Ankey. After graduating from high school, Ruth attended beauty college in Des Moines, Iowa. Ruth worked as a hairdresser in Iowa.

Ruth loved life. Her greatest love was for her family and friends. Her love for baking and cooking often brought friends and family together. Being surrounded by the people she loved was truly her greatest pleasure. Only two things made such a wonderful occasion even better--her pleasant smile and her gifted laughter. Both will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In 1940, Ruth met Neal Hecker at a New Year’s Eve party. Neal was from Missouri, but was working in Des Moines. The friendship grew, and the couple was married a year later. They enjoyed many happy years together.

After Neal was discharged form the Navy in 1945 at the end of World War II, the couple moved to the San Fernando Valley. This would be their home for the next 30 years. They had two boys. The oldest, Dwight, attended California State University, Northridge. The youngest, Harlan, attended Pierce College in Woodland Hills and later enlisted in the Navy.

In the mid-1970s, the family moved to the Madera/Mariposa County area. Ruth and Neal settled in Oakhurst/Ahwahnee. Soon after, they joined the Sierra Historical Sites Association. They spent many years volunteering their time, helping with anything and everything that needed to be done, “saving the past for the future.”

Ruth is preceded in death by her oldest son, Dwight; and by her parents, Harry and Orpha Cornwell.

She is survived by her husband, Neal Hecker; her youngest son, Harlan Hecker and his wife, Kimberly, all of Mariposa County; brothers and sisters-in-law, J and Orma of Redding and Donald and Dorothy of Ankeny, Iowa; sister, Olive Sinai of Mission Viejo; grandchildren, Dulcey Rood and husband, Robert, of Tracy; and Neal Hecker of Santa Rosa; great-grandchildren, Acacia and Mackenzie of Vivam Island and Victoria of Santa Rosa.

Per Ruth’s request, no services are planned and interment will be private, family only.

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