Ruth E. Rattan, a retired elementary school teacher, died of bone cancer Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 81 and lived in Phoenix.
She retired in 1976 after a 36-year teaching career, which included assignments at Essex, Parkville and Padonia elementary schools.
Ruth Elizabeth Keatley was born in Princeton, W.Va., and earned a degree in education from Concord College in Athens, W.Va. She earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland.
An avid golfer, Mrs. Rattan belonged to Towson Golf and Country Club at Eagles Nest and to Spruce Creek Country Club in Daytona Beach, Fla., where she spent her winters.
Services were held Monday.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Raymond Rattan; a son, Richard Rattan of Gaithersburg; and two grandsons.