Ruth Saunders

June 21, 1933 - June 10, 2015

06/21/1933 - 06/10/2015

Past Services

Monday June 15, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions


Virginia Beach – Ruth “Wild Ruth” Saunders, 81 died June 10, 2015. Ruth was born in South St. Paul, MN to the late Albert and Lillian Hilger Shepard. She had retired from Creeds Elementary School after 29 years of service. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Amos L. Saunders.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Michael Bradberry (Tina) of Virginia Beach and Nina Gilbert (Buddy) of Virginia Beach; sisters, Jeanette Wichtl and Mary Ann Butler; grandchildren, Lance, Brandon and Bradley; great grandchildren, Andrea, Austin, and Kennedy; and special friend and companion, Myron Waterfield, Sr.
The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake on Monday from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm with a life celebration service following. Memorial donations may be made to Creeds Vol. Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Vicky Smith
8 years ago

Nina and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in your wonderful memories of her and all that she taught you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close during this difficult time.

Robin D. Davenport
8 years ago

Saunders Family,

Ruth was a wonderful person who I will miss. I still remember the first time I met her and her wonderful summertime meals. She was a great lady. My blessings are with you all.

Jim Rose
8 years ago

May fond memories of your Mom bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before she passed away. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please accept our deepest condolences- Jim, April & Ashley

Dot Smith
8 years ago

I have fond memories of Ruth – meeting at the ends of our driveways and visiting. The one that makes me smile the most was hearing about Nina’s softball days. She was a ‘one-of-a-kind’!

desi nichols
8 years ago

June 14, 2014

A special lady that will be missed. Sorry that I haven’t seen her in awhile. My condolences to all of her remaing famiy, especially Mary Butler.

Desi Nichols

Anthony Hills
8 years ago

Sorry for your lost. Ruth was a great friend, co-worker, and cook! She will be greatly missed.