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Photo of the Month
January 2021
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A family of adorable teddy bears surrounds the late Ruth Helen (Braem) White Worden of San Diego, CA. She hand-crafted these "Bears by Ruth" as gifts for University Christian Church members who had been hospitalized. She was well-known in San Diego as the character "Miss Ruth" on the "House of Happiness" television show broadcast locally during the 1960s and '70s.

Her husband -- Rev. Joseph Ray White of the family of Robert Marshall and Mary Rebecca (Pope) White of Hopwood, PA – was pastor of the church. The couple had met as students at Bethany College in West Virginia, and were united in marriage in 1941. Their union endured for 56 years until cleaved apart by death. After obtaining their degrees at Bethany, Joseph enrolled in Yale University's School of Divinity and Ruth at Boston's Emerson College to train for a future in the radio industry.

Among Joseph's early pastorates were churches in Stony Creek, MD and Charleston, WV. Then in 1951, he accepted a call to move cross-country and become director of Christian education at Seattle's University Christian Church. The Whites moved again to San Diego in 1957 when he was named senior pastor at University, and they remained for several decades.


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