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Ruth Kinsman Ward
Biography:  
Ruth Kinsman Ward. The cover of this issue features the counted cross-stitch
needlepoint skill of Ruth Kinsman Ward. Ruth, the mother of Groundwaters’
editors Pat Edwards and Jim Burnett and their sister, Barbara Isborn, passed
away on January 4, 2012, at the age of 96 years. She was an extremely
talented woman and was still making, selling and giving away her bead jewelry
just weeks before her death.
    She loved birds, and this piece was special to her. It now hangs in the
home of her daughter, Barbara, but there were so many equally beautiful
items, that each of her children and grandchildren were able to share in the
bounty of her talent.
    While attending her Celebration of Life service, GW copy editor, Pat
Broome, was astounded at the display of the many beautiful things that Ruth
had made. Besides the jewelry and the needlepoint samplers and bookmarks,
there was an intricately-detailed candlewick bedspread with matching pillows.
There were knitted and crocheted scarves and afghans, macrame keychains,
necklaces and plant hangars. It was Pat Broome who insisted that we use
one of the needlepoint samplers for the cover of our next issue.
    Thank you, Pat B.! We are happy to share!   
(Spring 2012)

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