Ruth E. Renaut

[ Age 80 ] Homemaker was an artist who sculpted and painted in many genres.

April 30, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN REPORTER

Ruth Easton Renaut, an artist, travel agent and homemaker, died of lymphoma last Monday at her son's home in Annapolis. A Baltimore resident since 1952, she was 80.

As a teenager, she studied art at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Mass., which is now a part of the University of Massachusetts.

She later studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she won a Peabody Award for painting in 1962.

During the 1960s, she was an exhibitor and board member of the 26th Street Art Gallery in Baltimore. Her paintings, many done in oils, included landscapes, still lifes, portraits and nudes. She also sculpted in clay and created small abstract stone sculptures.

"She did a little bit of everything and painted in different styles," said her son, Gilbert Renaut of Annapolis.

Born in New Bedford, Mass., the former Ruth Carroll moved with her family during her teen years to Phoenix, Ariz.

She became active in the British War Relief there. At a British officers' function, she met Frank Renaut, a Londoner training to be a Spitfire pilot at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz.

They wed in 1945. Mr. Renaut died in 1986.

The couple lived briefly in London before moving to Baltimore, living first in Bolton Hill then moving to Sudbrook Park about 1972.

She was a homemaker for many years and during the 1960s worked as a travel agent for Worldwide Travel in Baltimore.

She was a member of Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and of St. Mark's on the Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, where she served in several fundraising capacities.

She was active in the Stevenson Garden Club.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, having descended from Nicholas Easton and his son John Easton, Colonial governors of Rhode Island.

A private memorial service is being planned.

In addition to her son, survivors include a younger sister, Sara Gifford Ellis of Delta, Colo.; two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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