Ruthann “Tani”Carman Wolff, from St. Louis, Missouri chased her three grandchildren through Botanical Garden and Zoo just weeks before she died. She was surrounded by her family. She was 75 years of age.
Tani was born in Columbus in 1946. “Bandy”John Carman. While attending Ohio State University’s University School Highschool, she rooted for the Buckeyes and fell in love the Vermont mountains at Middlebury College (’68). She also earned her MBA from Harvard Business School (‘70) while crossing the frozen Charles River wearing a mini skirt.
Tani moved to St. Louis after completing her degree. There she made many lasting friendships. While working in Marketing for decades, Tani raised her two daughters, Elizabeth Kirkendall (and Victoria Spies), who still feel her love every moment of their lives. She spent a lot of time helping others reach their full potential, tutoring and consulting in business school admissions. Many times, she remained friends with her clients for many years. She was busy but found ways to keep in touch with friends and pursue her passions for reading and writing, art and music, gardening, and service.
Tani was passionate about and delighted in the community contributions made by MERS/Goodwill. Tani had served on the board since 1975, including as Chair. Because of her involvement with the Saint Louis University Library Associates, Tani was able to dance the Charleston along with Margaret Atwood. She also loved writing and spent decades writing research papers for fun. Her friends in Pioneers Literary Club. Her greatest love, other than her family, was Opera Theater of St. Louis. She served on the Guild Board and published revered articles about the Operas. She was a regular at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, where she enjoyed every opportunity to go with her friends and watch a performance. showYou can enjoy a glass under the tent until the early hours of the day with a glass wine
Tani was kind, intelligent, curious, energetic, curious, deeply involved in the world, a lover and friend of beauty in nature and art, and the most loving mother one could imagine. Ethan (7 years old), Oscar (6 years), and Ayla (4 years old) were her favorite grandchildren. She loved to brag about them to anyone who would listen. She was particularly interested in spending time with her brothers, nieces, and their families. She will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center on March 26 at 10:30 am, 210 Hazel Ave. Webster Grove, 63119. You are welcome to wear bright colors and bright accessories. After the service, guests will be invited to visit the location. Donations in her memory to MERS/Goodwill, Opera Theater of St. Louis or any other cause that is meaningful to you can be made in lieu of flowers.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of Tani’s favourite quotes.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality.”As she lived her life, so will we love and remember her forever.
Published by St. Louis Cremation- Downtown starting Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2022.