Julia A. Ruark, 90, homemaker, volunteer

August 24, 2004

Julia A. Ruark, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died of an intestinal tumor Aug. 17 at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. She was 90, and formerly resided in North Baltimore.

Julia Augusta Smith was born in Baltimore, raised in the Howard Park neighborhood and attended city public schools.

In 1935, she married Edward Gordon Ruark, a mechanical engineer who died in 1979.

Mrs. Ruark worked more than 10,000 hours as a volunteer in the gift shop at Mercy Medical Center and nearly 5,000 hours at the Maryland Science Center, where she assisted with mailings, membership drives and fund raising.

Mrs. Ruark had lived in Federalsburg since last year, and enjoyed reading and traveling.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today.

She is survived by her son, Jay E.D. Ruark of Federalsburg, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Gerald Gordon Ruark, died in 1989; a daughter, Mary Caroline Ruark, died in infancy.

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