Monday, July 30, 2007

Ruth Lindley Muller, 43-W-5

Ruth Lindley Muller passed away in Santa Barbara, on May 8, 2007 at the age of 86.

She was the youngest child of longtime San Diego lawyer Fred E. Lindley and his wife, Alma. In 1941 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. While still at San Diego State, she took a flying class and was hooked. Ruth then trained at Montgomery Field and obtained her private pilot’s license.

In 1943, she was accepted into the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program and left San Diego for training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. As part of WASP class 43-W-5, she flew the same military planes as the men flew. But her favorite plane was the P-51. In 1944 she married Capt. Clifford H. Muller, but continued to ferry planes as a WASP until the program was disbanded on December 20, 1944. Her WASP uniform jacket with her wings now resides in the "Price of Freedom" exhibit in the Smithsonian. During the next two decades, Ruth and her family traveled the world living in Finland, England, Morocco, and Japan during her husband’s Air Force career.

In 1971, Ruth returned to San Diego. For thirty years Ruth made her home in Pacific Beach. She stayed active in women’s flying through her membership in the Ninety-Nines and WASP associations. Oma (as her children and grandchildren called her) was very involved in the lives of her family and never missed a birthday, graduation, or special event. Ruth is survived by her two children, Clifford H. Muller of Florida and Lin Reetz of Santa Barbara, California. She also leaves behind four granddaughters; Laura Rossini, Kelly Anderson, Kristin Muller, and Kimberly Muller.


Services will be held August 3rd at 1 pm at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WASP Endowment, Texas Woman's University, P.O. Box 425528, Denton, TX 76204-5528.

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