Ruth Bailey

Obituary of Ruth Bailey

Ruth Ann Hopper was born to Hazel Tichenor Hopper and Fred Hopper in Akron, Ohio. She grew up in Cuyahoga Falls and attended Cuyahoga Falls High School where she made lifelong friends.

Ruth attended Denison University where she obtained a degree in English Literature and began her long affiliation with Kappa Kappa Gamma. After graduation, she moved to Chicago with close friends and began her career at Illinois Bell (now AT&T). She was the first female editor of a corporate magazine within the 22-company Bell System.

She married John Bailey and moved to Sacramento in 1970.  They began a public relations firm called Bailey, Hopkins & Bailey. The Baileys settled in Lafayette in 1976 and Ruth began working at John F. Kennedy University in 1980. She later worked for Westamerica Bank and Union Bank of California, where she specialized in employee communications and public relations. A lifelong lover of history, her favorite project was the creation of the Bank of California’s Museum.

Ruth enjoyed a number of hobbies.  She was an accomplished bridge player, an avid antique collector and loved attending classical music performances. Ruth enthusiastically followed politics and was a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Letter to the Editor page. Always a prolific writer, Ruth loved keeping in touch with friends near and far, and they enjoyed receiving her witty emails. She found fulfillment volunteering for the Assistance League of the Diablo Valley, the Lafayette Historical Society and Friends of the Lafayette Library. She was also an enthusiastic traveler; England and France were two favorite destinations.

Ruth was also a devoted sports fan. She loved the Golden State Warriors, and was a passionate San Francisco Giants fan, with a number of opinions surrounding the pitching rotation. She also enjoyed attending Modesto A’s games with dear friends. Thanks to her daughter, Ruth became a major Oregon Ducks fan and loved watching Duck football and basketball games.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Erin Bailey and son-in-law Brian Louie of Oakland, CA. Ruth also leaves behind her stepdaughter Ginny Tujague, of Roseville, CA and her stepson Dean Bailey, of Folsom, CA, and their families.  She will also be greatly missed by her many friends, family members and her beloved dog Johnny.

Those wishing to make a donation in Ruth's memory, please consider the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (, the World Wildlife Fund ( or Hospice East Bay (, or a charity of your choosing.

Friends are invited to celebrate Ruth's life at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on March 19th at 10am, in the Community Hall. There will be a reception to follow. (