Ruth Aspen Bidwell, 90, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2015. Ruth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Alfred and Edna Aspen. She attended high schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York. She went on to Hood College and Moore College of Art. Ruth worked as an artist painting exhibit backdrops at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. During this time, she participated in archery, rifle and spelunking clubs. She met and married John Bidwell of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 1955. They had a daughter in 1959.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was involved in special interest groups such as garden club, Presbyterian Women’s Circle, book clubs, and The League Of Women Voters. She continued her artistic endeavors by designing cover art for various publications on a volunteer basis. Ruth and John relocated to Williamsburg over 20 years ago living in Kingsmill, Williamsburg Landing, and finally Windsor Meade. Ruth was an avid reader, loved to travel and take cruises with John and enjoyed antiques and bird watching. She was sweet lady with gentle sense of humor.
Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years and leaves behind their only child, daughter Laura of Springfield, VA.
A Memorial Service will be held at Windsor Meade in Williamsburg, VA at 1:30 pm on Thursday, August 20, 2015 and a Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Alexandria Presbyterian Cemetery in Alexandria, PA with Rev. Ernest Walls officiating.
Bucktrout Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.