Vera “Ruth” Blackford Greenman


Vera “Ruth” Blackford Greenman, 93, died Nov. 29, 2018, in San Luis Obispo. Ruth was born in Carmi, Ill., in 1925 and raised on a farm in rural in New Harmony, Ind. She was the fifth of nine children of Paul and Anna Blackford.
Ruth graduated from New Harmony High School in 1943 and graduated from nurse’s training with the US Army Cadet Nurse Corps in 1946. Upon graduation, she served six months at an Indian Health Hospital in Tacoma, Washington before moving to San Francisco.
In 1948, Ruth married Stanford medical student Robert “Bob” Greenman, Jr. After Bob’s graduation, his medical internship in New York City, and surgical training in Tucson, Ariz., Bob, and Ruth moved to San Luis Obispo County, settling in Atascadero in 1951. Bob was a general practitioner and Ruth was a nurse, mother of five children, and homemaker. Ruth was active in community affairs including the Atascadero Zoo Society, Atascadero Golf Club, and the Atascadero Community Church. The family was very close to Ruth’s brother Tom Blackford, his wife Carole, and son David. Bob and Ruth also welcomed many extended family members into their home. Ruth lived in Atascadero from 1951 to 1984 where Bob practiced medicine in Atascadero and Templeton until his death in 1983. Subsequently, Ruth lived in various locations near her children, including Michigan, Germany, Seattle, and Phoenix, settling in San Luis Obispo in 2008.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her siblings Mildred, Bill, Helen, Paul, Tom, Winnie, and Jack.
She is survived by her children, Ellen Greenman, Nancy Greenman (Rod Gray), Robert, Roger (Vicki ), and Janet Greenman (Trevor Stevenson), and grandchildren Hilary Clark (Greg Magie), Jake Gray, Alissa Greenman-Rowe (Jeff Rowe), Kristin Bradley (Lynden), LeeAnne Lagorio, Chelsy, Josh, and Jason Greenman, and Spencer and Sophie Stevenson, and four great-grandchildren, Evan Clark, Ava and Luca Lagorio, and Hudson Bradley. She is also survived by her youngest brother Garland and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration is planned for Spring 2019.

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