From DeeDee: Ruth H. Pierce, Life Member of CHH died on August 13, 2010. Ruth and Abel Pierce were charter members of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, Houston Chapter. Ruth served on the board for many years and in 1966-68 was President and chair of the State Conference held in Beaumont Texas that year. Ruth was honored as a life member of CHH after we incorporated in 1978. Most CHH members knew Ruth for her sweet southern personality and her love of natural dyes. She cultivated Madder in her garden in Blessing Texas, and sent seeds to natural dye enthusiasts all over the world. She wove beautiful things on her Macomber loom and won awards for her work. I had the pleasure of visiting her home many times and she always set a table and fed you, while telling stories of her years as a chemist or the places weaving took her. She will be missed.