Anna Louise Yaruta, 88, artist, Md. Casualty employee

October 20, 2005

Anna Louise Yaruta, an artist and former Owings Mills resident, died in her sleep Sunday at a hospital in Bangor, Maine. She was 88.

Born Anna Louise Truitt in Wilmington, Del., she was raised on her parents' dairy farm, MoneyMake Farm in Trappe.

During the 1930s, she and her sisters, Marian and Nevitte, sang on the radio as the Truitt Sisters. After her graduation in 1934 from Vienna High School, she enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied commercial art.

After graduating in 1938, she began working as a key punch operator for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., and later became manager of the department.

She later took a similar job at the Maryland Casualty Insurance Co., where she worked until 1952. She left to raise her family, and she returned to the company in 1960, working there until retiring in 1970.

She was married in 1950 to Simeon J. Yaruta, and two years later moved to his family's 63-acre farm at Caves Road and Park Heights Avenue, where she lived until moving to Blue Hill, Maine, in 1998.

"She canned fruits and vegetables, made pickle relish, and fantastic dill pickles in brine. One summer she even cleaned, cooked and canned enough wild snapping turtle soup to feed many families," said her daughter, Susan Louise Yaruta-Young of Blue Hill.

Mr. Yaruta, an accountant and office manager for the Baltimore County Office of Administrative Services, died in 2003.

Mrs. Yaruta was an accomplished artist who worked in pen and ink and enjoyed making greeting cards.

"She was making cards up until four days before her death," the daughter said.

An animal lover, Mrs. Yaruta enjoyed watching the wild turkeys, deer, dove, chickadees and hummingbirds that visited her home.

Mrs. Yaruta was a member of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill and the PALS senior citizen club.

Mrs. Yaruta was fond of the Valley Inn, 10501 Falls Road, Brooklandville, where she was engaged in 1949 and enjoyed celebrating family events. A celebration of her life will be held at the inn from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Yaruta is survived by a brother, Donald S. Truitt, and a sister, Marian Leona Truitt, both of Hanover, Pa.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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