Ruth Margaret Peters, 91, of Long Beach, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, in Las Cruces, N.M., of congestive heart failure.

She was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Salina, Kan., to Earl and Laura Hudkins.

Mrs. Peters earned a master’s degree in education from California State University, Long Beach. She was an elementary school reading specialist in Long Beach, and owned and operated Idyllwild Realty. She also was summer principal at Lowell Elementary School in Long Beach.

Her volunteer positions included den mother, PTA president, HAM radio and Morse code tester. She belonged to the Rhombus Club; PTA; Park Estates Homeowners Association; Long Beach HAM Radio Club AARLB; California Real Estate Association; the Bayshore Congregational Church; and the Los Altos Church of Christ in Long Beach.

Mrs. Peters was a resident in Salina, Kan., from 1915 to 1929; in Long Beach from 1929 to 1965, and from 1985 to July 2006; in Idyllwild from 1965 to 1985; and in Las Cruces, N.M., from July 2006 until her death.

Mrs. Peters and her husband, Phil, had a wonderful married life for 67 years. They lived in Idyllwild for 20 years, were active in the community, and sold real estate at Idyllwild Realty.

In Long Beach, they were active in HAM radio, operated radios at the Queen Mary, and took 45 cruises around the world.

A life celebration party was held Jan. 6, 2007 at her Long Beach home with family and friends attending.

She was buried in Salina, Kan.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Peters of Las Cruces, N.M., and Roger Peters of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and grandchildren Jeffrey Peters of Long Beach, Karen Peters of Long Beach, and Robert Heathcote of San Jose.

She is predeceased by her husband, Phillip Lyle Peters, and a brother, Robert Getty Hudkins, of Alameda.