Elisabeth Ruffner has dedicated much of her life to preserving historic buildings in Arizona. She came to Prescott from Ohio in 1940 to marry Lester “Budge” Ruffner, whose family had settled in Prescott in 1867. She quickly came to love her adopted home.
While raising three children, she began her career as a community volunteer. “I had ambition when I was in college. I was going to be a physician and I was going to be the best there was. But I changed my pattern. My pattern turned out to be life in a small town, raising a family and recognizing the quality and assets in a small town life, which are precious.”
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