Ida Ruth Elzey
, daughter of Ira William Elzey
and Maude Roberts
, was born in Hartford City, Blackford County, IndianaG
, on 27 April 1910.1
She died aged 95 in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington StateG
, on 6 May 2005. She married William Eber Rawlings.2
William was born in Sheridan, IndianaG
, in 1904 and died in Spokane, Washington StateG
, in 1973.2
After graduating from college in 1931, Ruth became a high school history teacher, which she continued until 1943 when, with her country at war, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She moved up through the ranks quickly and in July 1945, after completing Command and General Staff School in sixth place in her class of 700, she became the first woman in the European U.S. Air Force to become a member of the General’s staff. She achieved another first when four months later she became a Captain and the first woman in the Department of Education of Military Government in Occupied Germany.
After learning how to use a computer at the age of 78, Ruth began sharing her knowledge of her family’s history over the internet. She was a founder member of the Sackett Family Discussion List in 1997 and continued to contribute to its researches until well into her nineties.