Reverend Ruth H. Ackerman

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Obituaries in Mt Shasta, CA | Mount Shasta Herald

On the evening of January 28th, 2023, Reverend Ruth H. Ackerman of Colfax, CA passed away at the age of 81 after a brief illness. Born in Brawley, CA to Fredrick and Helen Miller, she attended high school in Tulare, CA and college at UC Davis. She married in 1960 and lived briefly in Sacramento, San Francisco & Porterville before settling in Sonora, CA for a decade. In 1977, she returned to Tulare to manage her family’s farm. During this time, she became very active in the Church of Religious Science in Porterville, CA, eventually deciding to become a minister.

After graduating from ministerial school in 1985, she was the minister of Gavilan Hills Church in Gilroy, CA. In 2000, she moved to Mt. Shasta to become the minister for the Mt. Shasta Center For Positive Living, during which time she was very involved in The Season For Nonviolence and helped bring the Peace Mural to the downtown Visitor’s Center. Ruth retired from pulpit ministry in 2006, moving to Colfax. She continued to give workshops and classes, and facilitated A Course In Miracles groups for a number of years.

Rev. Ruth was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and spiritual teacher who cared very much for her family and communities. She made a difference in many lives with her work in the New Thought community, including A Course In Miracles, Inner Child seminars, Science of Mind classwork, SAGE groups, Season For Nonviolence, Love & Logic parenting classes, and much more. She is survived by brother Ray (and Anita) Miller, children James (and Brenda) Ackerman, Janet Ackerman Beck (and Mark) Sperry, David (and Lisa) Ackerman, and seven grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life held in Auburn. Please contact James Ackerman at for details.

Posted online on April 14, 2023

Published in Mount Shasta Herald