Ruth F. Friedman, a homemaker and former Pikesville resident, died Oct. 6 of kidney failure at the Jewish Nursing Home in Harrisburg, Pa. She was 97.
The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Ruth F. Mazur was born in Burlington, N.C., and later moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from Forest Park High School.
Before her 1938 marriage to clothing manufacturer Henry Cohen, Mrs. Friedman worked as a secretary for U.S. Sen. George L. Radcliffe.
After her first husband's death in 1966, Mrs. Friedman married Dr. Louis W. Wice, a Baltimore physician, in 1969. He died in 1972.
She was married for 20 years to Edward Friedman, who was attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He died in 1996.
While living at 11 Slade in Pikesville, Mrs. Friedman had been an active member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation and the ladies' auxiliary of Ner Israel Rabbinical College.
A longtime active member of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, she was a founder in the late 1940s of the organization's outlet store at 409 N. Eutaw St. The store initially collected and provided clothing for destitute immigrants who were held in Israel's reception camps.
She had lived in Harrisburg for 36 years.
In Harrisburg, she was a member of Temple Ohev Shalom, the Jewish Community Center and the Guild of the Jewish Home.
Mrs. Friedman was a world traveler.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Adath Yeshurun Cemetery in Baltimore.
She is survived by a son, Irvin Cohen of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Eileen Rogosin of Baltimore; a sister, Judith Marcus of Baltimore; three grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.