Ruth G. Schwartz, 77, bookkeeper

March 20, 2006

Ruth G. Schwartz, a retired bookkeeper and administrator with the state's Department of Social Services, who loved to dance and water ski, died of lung disease March 12 in Sunrise, Fla. The former Catonsville resident was 77.

Ruth Grace MacKenzie was born in Richmond, Va., and after her parents divorced, she went as a toddler to live in Baltimore with her grandfather, Edwin H. Brownley, an attorney for Standard Oil.

Mrs. Schwartz attended Catonsville High School but moved back to Baltimore to work before she graduated. In 1944, she married Philip E. Schwartz, a fellow jitterbug enthusiast she met at a dance club in Pasadena.

Despite raising seven children, Mrs. Schwartz always worked full time, as a bookkeeper with Coulter Fabrics and then for 15 years with the Department of Social Services in Baltimore.

The Schwartz family bounced back and forth between Maryland and Florida because of Mr. Schwartz's job as a field engineer with Westinghouse.

In 1985, the Schwartzes moved from Cape St. Claire to St. Augustine, Fla. Mrs. Schwartz worked there as a bookkeeper for the Marineland water park until her retirement in 1996.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Ave.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, survivors include four sons, Philip Eugene Schwartz of Catonsville, John Schwartz and Richard Schwartz, both of Woodstock, Ga., and Gary Schwartz of Davie, Fla.; three daughters, Barbara Brown of Sunrise, Fla., Darlene Kidd of Catonsville and Deborah Lynn Castellanos of Miramar, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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