Ruth Naomi Ingrassia, an adviser to international students for more than 30 years at the Community College of Baltimore County, died of ovarian cancer Wednesday at Harbor Hospital. The Glen Burnie resident was 68.
The eldest of five children, Ruth Naomi Guy was born and raised in South Baltimore. She attended Southern High and met her future husband, Donald I. Mangum, at age 15. The couple married a year later and raised three children in Brooklyn Park before divorcing in 1974.
In 1976, she married Frank Ingrassia and began her work at the Community College of Baltimore County that year. The couple moved to Glen Burnie in 1987.
Mrs. Ingrassia was hired at the community college initially as a punch card operator before becoming director of records and eventually executive assistant to the director of admissions.
She took on the added responsibility of counseling hundreds of international students over the years, said Mrs. Ingrassia's son, D. Kenneth Mangum.
"My mom became a mother to them, mentoring and advising them and helping them get jobs on campus," said Mr. Mangum, of Canton. "She looked out for their well-being."
Mrs. Ingrassia was an accomplished cook, specializing in Italian dishes and known for making pizzelle cookies. She also enjoyed gardening. In September, Mrs. Ingrassia fulfilled a lifelong dream of a two-week cruise to Hawaii.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at her church, St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, where she served as usher and Communion assistant.
Survivors also include two daughters, Donna Gibbons of Arnold and Dawn Collins of Millersville; two brothers, Richard Guy of Pikesville and Robert Guy of Baltimore; a sister, Rita Frederick of Pasadena; a half-brother, Michael Guy, and a half-sister, Deborah Jackman, both of Spring, Texas; and five grandchildren.