Longtime Ladera resident, author and hiking enthusiast Jean Rusmore dies at 101 – The Almanac Online

Jean E. Heying Rusmore, a longtime Ladera resident and co-author of the hiking guide Peninsula Trails, died on April 1 at age 101 in Aptos.

Rusmore, who lived in Ladera for nearly six decades, was a person of wide-ranging interests, guided by her love for other people nature, and this fascinating world, according to an obituary written by her family.

“It’s hard to say what I’ll miss the most,” said her daughter, Kaki Rusmore, in an email. “Her ability to see the good in every person and every situation, her deep love of nature and gentle way of sharing it, her generous, kind, open-hearted approach to the world and everyone in it, her commitment to fairness, her never-ending curiosity and her zest for life are just a few of the qualities that I and many others will miss.”

Jean Rusmore was born in Sept. 13, 1920, in Anaheim to Mary Grim Heying and Oscar Heying, the oldest of four children, according to her family. Growing up, she helped out at her father’s drugstore, and learned to swim and body surf in nearby Seal Beach.

In 1938 she enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in physical education and minored in French.

She met her husband, Ted Ruschhaupt, in 1938, at the International House, where they both lived. They married in 1942 and changed their last name to Rusmore.

In 1948, the couple was one of the first families to buy into Ladera. Jean Rusmore was a member of the Peninsula Housing Association, the cooperative that founded Ladera, according to a 2020 Almanac story. The couple built an Eichler-style home and raised six children there, according to a biographical page from a book compiled by the Walkie Talkies, a female hiking group Jean founded in the 1980s.

“My parents were very committed to it being a welcoming, diverse, family-friendly and engaged community,” Kaki said, noting she was glad to see that covenants excluding Black, Indigenous and people of color were finally removed in Ladera. “I know my parents were both very committed to the diversity that was expected to be part of Ladera, and were heartbroken when banks would not loan without that restriction. … She had a wonderful ability to build authentic friendships, and continued to make friends in Ladera even after many of the original residents had moved on.”

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Source: https://almanacnews.com/news/2022/04/15/longtime-ladera-resident-author-and-hiking-enthusiast-jean-rusmore-dies-at-101

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