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Ruth Elizabeth Blanchard (Becker)

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Guntur, Andhra Pradesh,, India
Death: July 6, 1990 (90)
Santa Barbara, California, United States (Malnutritiion)
Place of Burial: At Sea - site of Titanic Sinking
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Allen Oliver Becker and Nellie Estella / Elizabeth Becker
Ex-wife of Daniel Blanchard
Sister of Marion Louise Becker and Richard Becker

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About Ruth Elizabeth Blanchard

  • Name: Miss Ruth Elizabeth Becker
  • Born: Saturday 28th October 1899
  • Age: 12 years
  • Last Residence: in Guntur India
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 230136 , £39
  • Cabin No.: F4
  • Destination: Benton Harbor Michigan United States
  • Rescued (boat 13)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Friday 6th July 1990
  • Cause of Death: Malnutrition
  • Buried: at Sea

Miss Ruth Elizabeth Becker, 12, boarded the Titanic at Southampton. She was travelling with her mother Nellie, brother Richard and sister Marion from India to Benton Harbour, Michigan (ticket no.230136, £39).

Ruth later recalled that after the collision a steward initially told her mother "... We've had a little accident. They're going to fix it, and then we'll be on our way ...".

While the boats were loaded a steward placed Richard and Marion in one of the boats (#11), and then said "Well that's all for this boat!", at which Nellie pleaded to be allowed in as well, saying "Please let me in this boat! Those are my children!" She was allowed in but Ruth was left on the Titanic, at which point Nellie screamed "Ruth! Get in another boat!!". She eventually got into Lifeboat 13.

After the sinking, gave her blanket to one of the stokers, who had on only a sleeveless shirt, and shorts, for working down in the coal bunkers, and was now shivering in the night air.

After the Carpathia arrived in New York, Nellie Becker told the reporters at Pier 54 "Don't ask me anything. Ask Ruth, she'll tell you everything."

After the disaster Ruth attended high school and college in Ohio, after which she taught high school in Kansas. She married a former classmate, Daniel Blanchard, and after her divorce twenty years later, she resumed her teaching career. In the years after the disaster she refused to talk about the Titanic, and her own children, when young, did not know that she had been on board. However, after her retirement, when she was living in Santa Barbara, California she began speaking about it, granting interviews and attending conventions of the Titanic Historical Society. In March of 1990, she made her first sea voyage since 1912, a cruise to Mexico. She died later that year at the age of ninety. Her ashes were scattered over the spot where the Titanic lies.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mrs Nellie E. Becker
  • Miss Marion Louise Becker
  • Master Richard F. Becker

References and Sources

  • Santa Barbara News-Press, July 8, 1990 Obituary
  • State Of California Certificate Of Death (#90-114321)
  • Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4


  • Phillip Gowan, USA

Daughter of Allen Oliver Becker, missionary and Nellie E. Baumgardner. Survivor the sinking of RMS Titanic. She later married Daniel Blanchard but they divorced. Titanic Survivor. She was a second class passenger on board the RMS Titanic. She boarded the ship at the age of twelve with her mother Nellie, brother Richard and sister Marion on April 10, 1912 in Southampton, England. The family was traveling to Michigan to seek medical treatment for Ruth's younger brother Richard, who had contracted a disease while the family was living in India.

She was initially separated from her mother and siblings during the sinking of the Titanic after being placed in different lifeboats. She was reunited with her family on board the Carpathia and arrived in New York City on April 18th. Following the disaster she attended high school and college in the Midwest before marrying and beginning a high school teaching career in Kansas City, Missouri. In the early years following the sinking she refused to talk about the disaster, even keeping secret from her own children the fact that she had been a passenger on board the Titanic.

During her later years she became one of the Titanic's most recognizable and vocal public figures along with Eva Hart, granting press interviews, appearing in television documentaries and attending conventions sponsored by the Titanic Historical Society. She became an outspoken critic of individuals and companies involved in salvage operations to recover artifacts from the shipwreck, stating that the site should remain untouched and preserved as a memorial and graveyard. In March 1990, she made her first sea voyage to Mexico since the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. She died a few months later at the age of 90. In accordance with her wishes her ashes were scattered over the site of the Titanic.
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Ruth Elizabeth Blanchard's Timeline

October 28, 1899
July 6, 1990
Age 90
California, United States
At Sea - site of Titanic Sinking