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Ruth L. Bean

July 20, 1931 ~ March 24, 2020 (age 88)

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Ruth Lancaster Bean was born Ruth Clementine Lancaster in Orange,New Jersey on July 20, 1931 to Gilbert Lancaster and Omega Miles. Through the union of Omega to James A. Vaughn, Ruth was lovingly raised to become the person she was. She attended/graduated from Columbia  High School in South Orange, New Jersey. 

She attended Howard University and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. There she met and married Maurice D. Bean, who became a Foreign Service Officer. From this union they had two daughters, Linda and Karen. As a Foreign Service wife, she had many adventure s including living in Djakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; and Manila, Philippines.  

After her travels and returning to the DC area, she worked for United Airlines as  a Customer Service Representative. She ended her work career as th e patient representative at Howard University Hospital where she took on issues that the patients had, helped them resolve said issues  and made their hospital stay a lot more pleasant. 

As a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served in many capacities including usher and repast committee and overall was a very welcoming person. 

She was a  wonderful friend and mom and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and granddogs. She loved to read and passed that on to the next three generations. She enjoyed a good road trip whether it was just shopping,  going out to lunch (Panera Bread and Cristfields were her favorites),  seeing the country from a bus or visiting a casino. 

Ruth, affectionately called Clem, Mom, Ma, Mrs. Bean, Grandmommy and Gmommy, departed this life on March 24, 2020. She is surv ived by her daughters, Linda (Sterlind Sr.) and Karen; her grandchildren, Sterlind Jr. (Kristy/Greyson – great grandson) and Amber (Tristan – great grandson) and granddogs, Starr, Apryl and Teddy Bubba; and a host of other family members and friends.

Her brilliant smile and personality will be missed!!! 

The family prefers NO flowers.

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Memorial Service
July 24, 2021

11:00 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church
7005 Piney Branch Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20012

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