Ruth M. Robb, 84, accomplished handcrafter

October 02, 2004

Ruth M. Robb, a homemaker known for her handcrafted Christmas ornaments fashioned from crab shells, died of heart failure Sept. 23 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 84.

Born Ruth M. Bopp in Baltimore, she was raised on Frederick Road. She attended city schools until the eighth grade, when she left to help support her family. She had worked for the Hedwin Corp. and London Fog for several years.

In 1951, she married Joseph C. Robb, a Baltimore firefighter. He died in 1990.

Before moving to Ocean Pines in 1992, Mrs. Robb was a longtime resident of Shamrock Road in the city's Parkside neighborhood.

Mrs. Robb, who lived in a waterfront condominium, took her inspiration from the sea for her "Christmas Crab Shells."

"She was an incredibly gifted handcrafter. She would spend hours creating holiday scenes within the shell backs of blue crabs," said her daughter M. Denise Gangler of Towson.

Mrs. Robb enjoyed giving the tree ornaments to family and friends.

"We looked forward to every Christmas because the scenes were incredible and always different from the previous year. They were truly treasured by all who received them," said another daughter, Patricia Mulford of Ocean Pines.

Mrs. Robb enjoyed playing gin rummy and was a member of the Berlin Seniors Club. She also was an avid Orioles fan.

Services were Monday.

Mrs. Robb also is survived by a third daughter, Carole Kauffman of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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