Ruth Ardell Dwyier 91 of Woodstock, widow of Guy Dwyier, died Thursday, November 24, 2011.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 2:00 pm at the Unity of Shenandoah, 6460 Valley Pike Road, Stephens City, Virginia. Burial will be private.
Mrs. Dwyier was born March 24, 1920 at Canon City, CO and was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Minnie Chess Higgins.
Born in a log cabin on a ranch in Colorado, she was raised with a pioneering “can do” temperament. She left home at the age of 17 and forged a pathway in life and business. With a level of determination matched by few, she took a life and shook it till it rattled. She had the gift of business vision and the ability to run any set of numbers. What she touched in business, real estate or the markets became a success. For more than 50 years, she made and left her mark here in Virginia and DC with Dwyier Associates. She was the first president of the American Marketing Association. She was a pathfinder as a successful female business owner and knew no “Glass ceiling”.
She is survived by two sons, John Dwyier of Alexandria and James Dwyier of Woodstock; a daughter, Elizabeth Cooper of Savannah, GA; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.