Ruth Rawlings

Ruth Rawlings
(1910-2005)
Obituary:
Ida Ruth Elzey, daughter of Ira William and Maude (Roberts) Elzey, was born at Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana, on 27 April 1910. She died aged 95 at Kennewick, Benton County, Washington State, on 6 May 2005. She married William Eber Rawlings. William was born in Sheridan, Indiana, in 1904 and died in Spokane, Washington, in 1973.
After graduating from college in 1931, Ruth became a high school history teacher, which she continued until 1943 when, with her country at war, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She moved up through the ranks quickly and in July 1945, after completing Command and General Staff School in sixth place in her class of 700, she became the first woman in the European U.S. Air Force to become a member of the General’s staff. She achieved another first when four months later she became a Captain and the first woman in the Department of Education of Military Government in Occupied Germany.
After learning how to use a computer at the age of 78, Ruth began sharing her knowledge of her family’s history over the internet. She was a founder member of the Sackett Family Discussion List in 1997 and continued to contribute to its researches until well into her nineties.
Ruth Rawlings
at Command and General Staff School,
Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas
(1944).
Sackett Family Association membership
Ruth Rawlings (1910–2005)
Member # 29 (founding)
Joined 28 September 2003
Ruth's daughter Jane Kirkendall is a Sackett Family Association member.
Sackett ancestry
Thomas Sackett the elder (c1530–1595), labourer of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, and Joane ___
Thomas Sackett the younger (c1557–1615), yeoman of Birchington, Kent, and Martha Strowde
Simon Sackett the colonist (1595–1635), of Thanet, Kent, & Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts, and Isabel Pearce
John Sackett (1632–1719), farmer of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Abigail Hannum
William Sacket (1662–1700), of Westfield, and Hannah Graves
Jonathan Sacket (1696–1773), of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Kent, Connecticut, and Ann Filer
Reuben Sacket (1732–1803) and Mercy Finney
Cyrus Sacket (1764–1846) and Nancy Anne Stapleton
Samuel Sackett (1799–1856) and Isabella Moore
Mary Sackett (1825–1878) and James William Major
Abigale Major 1861-1942 and Joseph Allsion Elzey
Ira William Elzey 1884-1975 and Maude Roberts
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Last Edited14 November 2016