Ruth Blanchard Morrison
(1920 - 2014)

Ruth Blanchard Morrison

San Francisco
October 5, 1920

January 27, 2014

This site is dedicated to Ruth Blanchard Morrison.

Ruth L. Blanchard Morrison, 93, of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully at home on January 27, 2014. Born in October of 1920 to Arthur and Edna Blanchard of San Francisco, she devoted her life to the profession of Interior Design.

Known professionally as Ruth B. Sherman, she worked in the design industry for nearly 70 years. At the age of 13, Ruth knew she wanted to become an interior designer when she visited one of her mother’s good friends and decided the furniture was incorrectly arranged.

In 1937, Ruth graduated from Sarah Dix Hamlin’s School for Girls and then studied in Paris where she received her education in design, returning to San Francisco when World War II broke out. Upon her return to the San Francisco Bay Area, she apprenticed with Robert E. Robson and in 1942 she opened her own interior design business in Palo Alto.

With business expanding rapidly, Ruth opened the “Ruth Sherman Shop” in Menlo Park next to Roger Reynolds Nursery, which provided a workroom enabling her to supervise the quality of custom design for her clients with a “hands on” approach. Ruth was known for her honesty and attention to detail, rarely missing an opportunity to further enhance the living space for her long term clients and associates.

In 1951, Ruth and her husband, John C. Morrison, moved to Los Altos Hills establishing “Mad Manor,” a beautiful home surrounded by serene mountains and beautiful greenbelt views where they raised their family. Ruth, a self–proclaimed “city girl” fell in love with the simplicity and tranquility of the nature surrounding their home and often expressed how lucky and grateful she was to live in paradise.

Ruth became one of the top local designers of her time and was a member of the American Society for Interior Design (ASID) where she is recognized in aiding the development of the ASID’s first business practices handbook. Ruth chaired the first Asilomar Conference sponsored by ASID and also lectured for the University of California Interior Design Extension Program.

Living a life fulfilled by her profession she spent her whole career as she believed, “elevating the position of the Interior Designer.”

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Jack C. Morrison; step-son, John C. Morrison Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Morrison Coleman; son-in-law, Nick Tuttle; and grandson, Timothy Coleman.

Ruth is remembered and survived by her sisters, Noyon Berg and Jere Wadsworth; her children, Roger Sherman II (Chonne), Susan Sherman Tuttle, William R. Morrison II (Donna), and step-son, Michael S. Morrison (Nancy), grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned and will be held at her beloved Mad Manor by family and friends who will celebrate and honor Ruth and her lifelong accomplishments.

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Thank you for giving us Roger and Michael. U of A and all of Arizona, for that matter, would never have been the same without them. And I know you had a huge influence on them. Taking the title from one of the huge Nomad hits, I can't stop smiling when I think about you..." I'm a hog for you baby"


Steve and Donna Blinn
Steve Blinn (Nomads)
March 27th, 2014
Dear Sue, Roger, Mike and Will,
This is a wonderful memorial page and the pictures are great! Thanks for identifying many of the people whom I have never met.
I had some really fun times at "Mad Manor" over the years and really appreciated the hospitality of Ruth and Jack.
I was glad I had a chance to visit Ruth last Oct when she appeared to be lucid, altho bed-ridden.
She had wonderful caretakers which was important.
What a full life she had and she was always
quite a trooper!
I'm sorry I had to miss her memorial and couldn't see all of you again.
jenny white (friend)
March 24th, 2014
To our dearest friend Michael,
Throughout her many years Ruth was an important presence in the lives of her family and friends and her passing creates an absence. We are thinking of you and honoring her memory. Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this time.
Kris and Gary Wheeler (Friends of the family)
March 9th, 2014
In the 50s, I remember riding along with my brothers and sister in the back seat of her convertible. Mom was so happy and full of life. She would drop us off at the Menlo Theater to watch Hopalong Cassidy or Flash Gordon while she went to her shop a few blocks away for a couple hours of peaceful Saturday work. She would pick us up and take us to Eddy's Ice Cream Store for a cone of mint chip.
She was the Mom that never said no.
Michael Morrison (step-son)
March 3rd, 2014
This is the memorial I set up for Ruth L Blanchard Morrison. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Jennifer McClellan
March 3rd, 2014
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"The business of life is the acquisition of the end that's all there is. Remember her well, remember her often."
Mike Morrison
March 27th, 2014
"To be successful is to achieve an objective, but to be a success is always to have yet another objective in mind... Cheers to a successful life!"
David Tuttle
March 10th, 2014


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