Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ruth Blackman, 106, Honored as a Lifetime Member

Virginia's Suffolk News-Herald reports that when Ruth Blackman started volunteering with the Girl Scouts of the USA, she was a young mother looking to get involved with her daughters’ activities, but her connection with the Girl Scouts never faded. Even after her girls had moved on, Blackman continued to help the organization as long as she could.

Now, at 106 years old, Blackman is being honored with a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts.

“She was very, very active in it for many years,” Blackman’s daughter Elizabeth Eberwine Johnson said. “I think she really enjoyed it. She felt like it was good community service.”

Born in October 1905, Blackman grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Portsmouth, Virginia, when her husband got a job at the Navy shipyard in Norfolk.

In addition to her work with the Girl Scouts, Blackman was an active member in her church, West Side Christian, where she was a charter member, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, and led the youth group. She also served as the president of the PTA at Wilson High and Port Norfolk Elementary schools, and she volunteered for the American Red Cross Blood Mobile until she was in her 80s.