Ruth DeLoris Lehane

Nov 1, 1932 - Nov 12, 2021

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


Ruth DeLoris Lehane passed away peacefully at age 89 on November 12, 2021. DeLoris, as she preferred to be called, was born in Magazine Arkansas. At age 3, her parents moved the family to San Francisco where she attended Polytechnic High School and met future husband, John.

When DeLoris’ 5 children were young, the phrase “stay-at-home-mom” didn’t exist. But even by the standards of the era, DeLoris was an exceptional mom. She had an open-door policy that made her homes in South San Francisco and San Bruno the gathering spot for all her children and their friends. She was more than happy to be the central figure in the lives of her children, but also enjoyed her own social life which included vacations to London, Paris, Brussels, fishing trips to Mexico and a cruise to Alaska. She was a “faithful” San Francisco 49er football season ticket holder and the President of their Booster Club cheering on her team during their Super Bowl victories.

When her youngest children were older DeLoris became the calm reassuring voice, as the customer service manager, of a family-owned insurance agency for nearly 20 years before retiring to Sacramento in 2003 to live with her mother, Mildred.

DeLoris is survived by her daughters Teresa, Sharon, Jeanette and Patricia. She was predeceased by her son, Tim and her grandson Chris. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center (450 W El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95833) where she enjoyed the company of other local seniors or Friends for Survival (P. O. Box 214463, Sacramento, CA 95821) in her grandson Chris’ memory.


  • Teresa Lehane says:

    I love you Mom and I am happy to think about you in heaven with Nana, Papa, Tim, Chris and all the others that you have loved.

  • Herb Freeman says:

    It was nice to have you part of our zoom exercise class.

  • Judy Clemons says:

    I’m sure that your mom loved you girls so very MUCH! Somehow you always got her to participate in your”crazy” videos. And from the laughter and smiles on her face, she was totally into having fun with her daughters. Awe, memories to treasure forever in your hearts. I feel honored to have met her. God bless all of you. May she rest in the peaceful knowledge that she raised strong loving daughters.

  • Rachael Horsley says:

    What a sweet lady. I will cherish the handmade dove she made each of us. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Melanie Smith says:

    I only met DeLoris a handful of times, but I will always remember her smile and warmth as she watched and participated in our exercise classes that you taught, Teresa. I am sending blessings to Mom, to dear Teresa, and to the whole family.

  • Carol Schneck says:

    Such great memories to always cherish.

  • Julie Rhoten says:

    Condolences to the family of DeLoris. She will be fondly remembered by seniors and staff at the Senior Center at Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. May your memories bring you comfort.

  • Linda Adams says:

    We have many fond memories of Gma Deloris of camping trips, kids parties and special events in the Adams Family. Such a funny lady! She will be missed!

  • Jeanette Lehane says:

    Mom was the best mom ever. Always letting us do want we wanted and made sure we had the resources to do them. Instilled the “can-do”attitude in all of us. And we made sure she had whatever she needed toward the end of her life. #TeamMom forever. Love and miss you mom.

  • Cathy Cook says:

    So enjoyed the smile and sense of can-do your mom brought to our pandemic video exercising together and that we were invited into your joyful relationship. Thank you DeLoris and your family.

  • Yolanda Willis says:

    Thank you DeLoris for letting me share the joy of you and your daughters.

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