|Ruth Elda Riddick McLaine
Published in The Capital on March 23, 2013
Ruth Elda Riddick McLaine, 103, a 45-year resident of
Annapolis, died March 20 in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
She was active in the local community as a volunteer,
landscape painter, Girl Scout leader and member of First
Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, as well as the Bay Ridge
Born January 24, 1910 to the late Carl Wood Riddick and
Grace Adele Keith Riddick in Winnemac, Ind., Ruth spent
segments of her childhood on a ranch near Helena, MT and in Washington D.C., where
her father served two terms (1919-1923) as a member of Congress for Montana's
second district. Ruth graduated from the former Western High School (1928) (Now the
Duke Ellington School for the Arts). She then attended Strayer Business School.
Ruth met and married Warren Everett McLaine at Foundry Methodist Church in
Washington. They were married from 1932 until Everett's death in 1975. Ruth and
Everett McLaine lived from 1935 to 1936 in Dumbarton Apartments on R Street in
Georgetown. They moved to Brookmont, near Lock 7 on the C&O Canal, in 1936, where
Ruth gave birth to her first two children, Warren and Marcia. In 1942, the family moved to
the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., where Everett became director of
public relations at U.S.Steel. Ruth gave birth to four children, Douglas, Alan and the twins
Susan and Sandra, while living in Pittsburgh. While raising her children, Ruth was active
in Pittsburgh civic affairs, at one point heading the PTA for the entire city.
The family traveled extensively in the summer months, usually trailing the family
Airstream, which Everett dubbed the "Terrapin." In 1947 they built a summer cottage in
Bay Ridge in Annapolis. They lived in the cottage during the summer for 15 years, before
they moved to Annapolis year-round in 1963, purchasing a Bay Ridge home that faced
the Chesapeake Bay.
Once moving to Annapolis, Ruth's community activities included Girl Scouting with Susan
and Sandra, Garden Club projects, church events, YWCA Women's shelter and activities
with the American Field Service student exchange program. In 1973, Ruth was selected
as the State of Maryland Senior Citizen of the Year for her many civic activities. Ruth
continued to travel into her 80s, visiting every continent except Antarctica, often
accompanied by her niece, Mary Ruth Kittrell. She rode a camel, slid down a waterfall,
went parasailing, rode in an open cockpit airplane with her aviator brother Merrill K.
Riddick, embarked on an African safari, climbed Ayers Rock in Australia and toured the
Galapagos Islands, China and the Holy Lands, among other adventures.
Ruth celebrated her 80th birthday dancing in Rio. Ruth spent her final five years living
with her daughter, Susan and son-in-law Martin Cherry in St. Johnsbury, Vt., She enjoyed
spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, telling stories
and challenging them to games of Shanghai Rummy.
In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Marcia McLaine
Outerbridge, who died in 1994.
Ruth is survived by five of her six children, Warren, Douglas and Alan McLaine, Susan
Cherry and Sandra Hackley; half sister, Alice Belle Greenwood; and 25 grandchildren
and 35 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be on 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 1, at John M. Taylor Funeral
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2 at First Presbyterian Church,