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Ruth Schiffer

May 23, 1922 - June 15, 2020

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Service Date
June 18, 2020
Service Time
12:00 pm
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Kelly “Ruth” Schiffer (née Rosenbaum) was born on May 23 1922 in New York City and passed away at her home in Los Angeles on June 15th 2020. Her legacy is one of an elegant woman with a sophisticated eye for design, and uncompromised generosity to her loved ones.

Kelly highly valued education throughout her lifetime. Her mother saved grocery money for her tuition to secretly attend New York University. As a result, she urged and imbued her children and grandchildren and many others to enrich themselves through education.

After the depression, the Rosenbaum family moved to Los Angeles for her father to find work. Just before the move, Kelly eloped with Clifford Schiffer on Valentine’s Day of 1942, informing her parents that she was married on the mid- cross country drive to California. They were happily married for 61 years.

She gave birth to her first daughter Carole a year later. Her second daughter Kim was born ten years after that. Her children were the pride and joy of Kelly’s life, second only to her grandchildren.

Kelly devoted much of her life to learning and teaching others of her love of art and culture. She served for 45 years as a docent at LACMA, and guided tours on the importance and place of glass in art history. Kelly was the president of Foreign Arts Council at LACMA and an active touring member of the Decorative Arts Council.

Another guiding force of her life was her love of music and the theater. She was the president of the Center Theater Group and a member of the Ladies’ Blue Ribbon, fundraising and supportive groups of live theatre programs in Los Angeles.

Kelly worked hard to bring opportunities to others and stood up for what she believed. This including playing a role in the beginning formation of the Democratic organization “Women for”.

A private and reserved person, with a great sense of style, she navigated life with humour, kindness, and a feisty spirit. Kelly will be greatly missed by her children, Carole and Kim, Kim’s husband Bob, and her grandchildren Melanie, Morgan and Connor, her sister Harriet Schecter, and her long-time companion and Champion, Enriqueta Flores.

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