Ruth McMahon Belted Out Tunes Of The 40s And 50s In 50 Year Singing Career

A legend in her own time was Ruth McMahon, 90, who entertained audiences, especially in Miami Beach hotels and on cruise ships.

You might think her more ditsy than ritzy since her son, Joseph Crowley, said "She was a bubbly, bouncing version of Sophie Tucker with (the) voice of Patsy Cline."

Ruth had singing gigs after high school but didn't get tossed greenbacks. Her marriage ended her fledgling career; Her husband, an Army sergeant, died during World War II, but eventually she remarried and moved to Florida and had two more children.

"Ruth loved what she did because it made people happy." She happened upon a talent contest in a Miami Beach hotel, which hired her professionally and she became a frequent entertainer in South Florida in a career that lasted more than 50 years.

There will be a celebration of her life and career at noon Tuesday at Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racquet Club, 10500 Taft St.