Ruth B. Paust Headley, 90, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport April 30, 2010.

Ruth was born in Munich, Germany, Dec. 15, 1919, daughter of Heinz and Elisabeth (Kuby) Ball. She was the niece of Hugo Ball, founder of the Dada international artistic movement that originated in Zurich in 1916. Ruth received a college education in Munich, where she also studied piano.

In 1953, Ruth and her first husband, Rainer Paust, emigrated to Alton, Ill. Ruth was employed in dining room and hospitality management at the Stratford Hotel and the Lockhaven Country Club. She was widowed in 1971. At the age of 67, Ruth took up golf; she soon excelled, and won a conference and many trophies.

Ruth found love again in her later years; when aged 82 she married Dr. Herrold Headley and joined him in Camden. She was adored by her two stepdaughters, Erin and Jan, as their own mother. Ruth greatly valued her wonderful circle of friends in Camden, to which she always lent a uniquely European atmosphere, beauty wit and warmth.

She loved Maine because it reminded her of her native Bavaria. She remained active until illness intervened; she swam laps regularly in Lake Megunticook. Ruth was passionate in life and in loving, above all in her appreciation and considerable knowledge of classical music, particularly opera and the piano repertoire. She also had huge affection and understanding for animals, especially cats. A light went out for all when Ruth passed away.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Dr. Herrold E. Headley, of Camden; and two stepdaughters, Janis Headley Trudo and her husband, David Trudo, of Weare, N.H., and Erin Headley and her longtime partner, Richard Abram, of London, England.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be announced at a later date.

Gifts in her memory may be given to the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856; or an animal shelter of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home in Camden.