Ruth is a Washingtonian, born and raised in Whatcom County, with the exception of three years in Florida. She attended Western Washington University and received a BA in chemistry, a BA in Education, and a MS in Biochemistry. She worked for Northwest Petrochemical Co. in Anacortes, WA, for 6 months as a chemist, in a medical lab for 5 years as a lab technician, and for Western Washington University for 28 years in the Chemistry and Geology Departments as a science instruction tech and a research tech. Volunteering has always been a part of her life, including 4-H, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, a drill team, other youth and adult organization s and now the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum. After retiring from WWU in 1995 she was elected as Supreme (national) President of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie. She was married to the late Lt.Col. Bill Schoonover (43 yrs service) and resides in Oak Harbor.