Ruth Gibson (1929 – 2014) was born Ruth Brooks on 25 October in Biddulph Moor in North Staffordshire, the eldest of two children. She had to leave school at fourteen and went to work in Lewis’s as a clerk in the finance department. Ruth began to train as a nurse but had to leave to get married. Once her children had grown up, she returned to nursing and ran the eye clinic at the Clatterbridge Hospital. She married husband Trevor in 1950 and they remained together until his death in 2000. They had two children: Betty and Margaret.