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Published January 18th, 2023
Ruth Cartwright
Nov. 23, 1959 - Oct. 15, 2022

Ruth Cartwright was born on Nov. 23, 1959 in Richmond, California and graduated from Pinole High School. She held a number of jobs before she joined Safeway in 1992 and was very active in her church: Saint Joseph in Pinole. She died suddenly on Oct. 15, 2022.
After losing the love of her life in a tragic motorcycle accident, Ruth raised her only daughter and managed to arrange her work schedule at Safeway so she could always drive her daughter to softball tournaments for over a dozen years. Ruth was devoted to her two grandsons (ages 6 and 12) and had a standing Friday night date with her oldest grandson. Her favorite band was Aerosmith; her favorite song was "Dream On."
Ruth usually worked checkstand No. 3 in the Moraga Safeway across from the self checkout stands. Always cheerful, even at 5:30 in the morning, she checked out her customers with marvelous efficiency and knew many of them by name. She utilized her sense of humor and ready wit to make things go smoothly. She continues to be missed by her coworkers and customers. Below are some comments from some of Ruth's friends and coworkers:
Brenda D: "Ruth and I have been friends for 29 years. We worked together in Orinda and Moraga. Customers still say how sweet she was and how much they still miss her smiling face. She is sorely missed. Rest in peace Ruth. Love you, Brenda."
Danny L: "Ruth was a devoted Raiders fan and she always had a smile on her face."
Tanya G: "She was a lovely woman and what I loved about Ruth the most was that she cared about people."
Ursula S: "When I heard that Ruth had passed away, I was so shocked that I cried. At 62 she was much too young. I love her and miss her."
Jaqueline C: "Ruth and I shared more than just working together, next to each other, every morning - we shared our lives, the joys and troubles. ... I miss her so much."
If you would like to contribute to a GoFundMe for Ruth's daughter and grandchildren, here is the link:

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