Ruth Saunders thumbnail

Ruth "Wild Ruth" Saunders

June 21, 1933 - June 10, 2015

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

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel

929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Memorial Information

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Wild Ruth by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

What our families say...

Very professional and attentive staff. They care deeply and really work hard to take the stress and burden away. Your focus should be on family and friends and Altmeyer’s attention to detail allows you to do just that. A great group of people to work with!

A Session ID is required to purchase jewelry with your loved one's fingerprint, click here to continue. If you do not have an ID, click here to contact us to get your Session ID.