Ruth Cook Child LaFrance died Sept. 30 at the Perrysburg Care and Rehabilitation Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was 95.

Known as Babe Ruth, she was born March 1, 1922, in Germantown, Pa., the youngest of four children to Hazel Bleecker Child and Frederic Anthony Child. She graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1940, earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1944, and a master’s degree from Columbia University as well as teacher training at the Lexington School for the Deaf, in 1945.

While attending a Middlebury barn dance for servicemen, she met her future husband James Robinson La France, from Toledo, Ohio, before he was shipped overseas to the South Pacific war front. Upon his return, they were married on August 18, 1945, on Martha’s Vineyard. They moved to Omaha, Neb., and then Toledo and Perrysburg, Ohio. James predeceased her in 1999.

She is survived by her children Anne (Jim) Galindo, of Fostoria, Ohio, Margaret LaFrance and her husband Phil Caruthers of Kensington, Calif., Steven LaFrance of Webster, N.Y., and Julie Funk and her husband Jim of Maumee, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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