Last Surviving Adult Cast Member from It’s a Wonderful Life Dies


Virginia Patton, who portrayed Ruth Dakin Bailey, the sister-in-law of Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey, in the Frank Capra holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, has died. She was 97. Patton was the last surviving adult cast member of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Patton died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Albany, Georgia, the Mathews Funeral Home announced.

Patton’s character in Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was Ruth Dakin Bailey, the wife of George Bailey’s younger brother Harry. Here’s a clip of Virginia Patton in the film:

Virginia Ann Patton was born in Cleveland on June 25, 1925. She was raised in Portland, Oregon (her Father’s hometown), where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1942. After graduation High School she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she attended the University of Southern California and began her acting career.

Mrs. Patton was also a niece of the famous World War II general George S. Patton.

Virginia Patton’s acting career included leading female roles in The Burning Cross (1947), a movie about the Ku Klux Klan, and Black Eagle (1948), a Western. Her last film was The Lucky Stiff in 1949. Patton gave up acting and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, after marrying automotive executive Cruse W. Moss in 1949. They raised three children and were married for 69 years until his death in 2018.

Original Trailer from It’s a Wonderful Life:

Rest in peace.