Note: Salem Statesman-Journal of June 16, 2010 has: Black, Ruth DeLong Ruth DeLong Black March 11, 1950 - June 8, 2010 SALEM - Ruth DeLong Black was born on March 11, 1950 in Eugene, Oregon to Mary Harriet and Phil DeLong. Ruth spent most of her childhood in Arcata, California and graduated from Arcata High School in 1968. She attended Mills College in Oakland for one year, but discovered life in a big city was not for her. She transferred to the University of Oregon and graduated with a degree in painting in 1972. While at the UofO, she met Bruce Kimble Black of Salem. Ruth and Bruce married in 1972 and moved to Salem. Their son, Adrian was born in 1978. From an early age Ruth followed her passions for painting, horses and dogs. In 1984 she and Bruce purchased nine acres just south of Salem on Liberty Road, which they named Black Forest Farm. At the farm Ruth ran her business training horses, giving riding lessons and boarding horses. There was also plenty of room for her dog, typically a Doberman, to run. Ruth was also an accomplished artist and sold her watercolors and oil paintings through the River Gallery in Independence, Oregon. Ruth's husband, Bruce died in 2003. In 2007, Ruth was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of early onset dementia. Through the support of her family and the dedication of many friends in the Salem area, she maintained her cherished independence for as long as possible. She passed quietly on June 8, 2010. Ruth is survived by her son, Adrian Black of Portland; mother-in-law, Faith Black of Salem; father and stepmother, Phil and Doris DeLong of Fortuna, California; sister, Martha DeLong of Portland; and brother, Phil DeLong of Salem. A memorial will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the Mission Mill in Salem. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias or the OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center.
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