Ruth didn't seek treatment for her flu, but days after her death her son Lowell developed upper-respiratory symptoms. He was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital and later transferred to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he died, according to the hospitals and health officials. He was three days shy of his 59th birthday. Although he didn't live with his mother, he often visited and helped take care of her.
Lowell worked in masonry and took in teenage foster children. He built model cars and, like his deceased father, enjoyed gardening.