Ruth J. DePoitiers, a former Hecht Co. worker and a volunteer, died Jan. 13 of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Lutherville resident was 88.
Ruth Jennetta Schilling, the daughter of a postal worker and a factory worker, was born and raised in Westmont, N.J. After graduating in 1941 from Collingswood High School in New Jersey, she went to work as a bookkeeper for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia.
She moved to Lake Worth, Fla., in 1951, where she worked as a bookkeeper for a Buick automobile dealership.
In 1952, she married Edward H. DePoitiers, a master electrician, and five years later, they moved to Baltimore. He died in 2001.
From 1957 to 1967, Mrs. DePoitiers worked in the Hecht Co. cash office.
For many years, she volunteered and operated the gift shop at the Ballestone-Stansbury House, a historic 18th-century house in Essex. She was also a member of the Ballestone-Stansbury Preservation Society.
An accomplished poker player, she regularly played cards at the Victory Villa Senior Center, Parkville American Legion, Seven Oaks Senior Center in Perry Hall and Bykota Senior Center in Towson.
She also enjoyed playing mah-jongg at the Phoenix Senior Center in Baltimore County.
Mrs. DePoitiers knitted and crocheted newborn infant sets for the needy.
She was a member of the women's organization of the Boumi Temple and of Chapter 70 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services were held Saturday.
Surviving are two daughters, Mona DePoitiers-Rudnicki of Lutherville and Christina J.D. Bareham of Timonium; and three granddaughters.