While she was initially branded as a strong competitor by her Casaya tribemates thanks to winning the first Reward Challenge, she was less well-received on La Mina thanks to the prominence of the all-guy alliance, and was sent home after being perceived as weak.
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Ruth Marie Milliman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, where she enjoyed athletics and was actively involved in Little Theater and competitive ballroom dancing, along with singing in pageants and weddings. She graduated from T.L. Hanna High School.
In 1975, Milliman was crowned Miss Teenage Greenville and participated in Miss Teenage America. She then attended the University of South Carolina, where she eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. While in college, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and was a cheerleader (she was head cheerleader for the squad in 1979). She also worked as a page for the South Carolina House of Representatives.
During her college years, Milliman was crowned the 1978 South Carolina Watermelon Queen and the 1979 Miss Cayce West Columbia. She attended the Miss South Carolina Pageant, in which she was voted Miss Photogenic by the press.
After graduating college, Milliman was hired by Eastern Airlines as a flight attendant. In 1981, she was appointed First Female Narcotics agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency and attended the South Carolina Police Academy.
For the past 19 years, Milliman has been involved with and employed in shopping center development. She is currently the Director of Retail Leasing for Centennial American Properties in Greenville, South Carolina.
Milliman has been running competitively since 1992 and holds many road race records in South Carolina. In 2001, she was awarded the YWCA Women in Sports Award. In 2003, she participated in the Marathon Des Sables, a race often called "the toughest footrace on the planet." The competition entails a seven day, 152-mile stage race. She finished second out of 59 women and placed 100th overall out of 677 runners. She was featured in an Emmy-nominated ESPN special about the race, titled "Foot Race Across the Sand."
Milliman is an active member of the PTA for Greenville High School and is a member of the Greenville High Booster Club. She was head coach for the Greenville Track Club Junior Olympic Youth Program for four years. She is also a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Milliman is the proud mother of two teenage children, Anna, 15, and Max, 17. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. Her birth date is April 11, 1957.
Being 48 at the time, Ruth-Marie was placed on the Casaya tribe, which consisted of older women. Ruth-Marie was selected to represent her tribe in the Reward Challenge which involved smashing skulls to find an amulet. Ruth-Marie was able to find the last amulet before Danielle DiLorenzo and earn her tribe flint. The women worked at building the camp. Ruth-Marie, along with the rest of her tribe was particular impressed by Tina Scheer's strength and abilities. Sadly, the older women lost the first Immunity Challenge. Cirie Fields, knowing she was in danger, tried to convince Ruth-Marie and Melinda Hyder that Tina wasn't necessary for survival. Although Tina caught a large fish, Ruth-Marie voted against her because Tina said the women were not working hard enough for Tina's standards.
On Day 4, a tribe switch occurred and Ruth-Marie was selected by Nick Stanbury to be on the new La Mina tribe and she would complete the tribe by selecting Dan Barry over Bruce Kanegai. La Mina would win the first Immunity and Reward Challenges of the new tribes. La Mina would lose the next Immunity Challenge. Ruth-Marie was concerned as she was the only "Older Woman" on the new tribe and was considered the physically weakest member of the group. Ruth-Marie was spared due to the men of her tribe deeming Misty Giles the bigger threat for possibly having the Hidden Immunity Idol and being strategically smart. Dan invited her to the alliance, viewing her as a loyal asset to the group. He promised her the group would protect her until the final five and vote off Sally Schumann. When La Mina lost the Immunity Challenge, the other men wanted Sally for her strength and noted that they made no such promise to Ruth-Marie. Ruth-Marie voted out in a 4-2 vote with Dan keeping his promise to her.
|Ruth-Marie's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||La Mina Tribe Immune|
|4||Sally|| Austin, Nick,|
|Voted Out, Day 11|
- On January 9, 2010, Ruth-Marie attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- Ruth-Marie has since gotten married and now goes by a different name, Ruth-Marie Embler.
- Ruth-Marie was the oldest female contestant on Survivor: Panama.
- Ruth-Marie is the first female contestant to use a dash in their name, followed by Peih-Gee Law of Survivor: China and Abi-Maria Gomes of Survivor: Philippines.
- Ruth-Marie only voted against women.
- The first Tribal Council Ruth-Marie attended was the only one at which she didn't receive votes.
- Ruth-Marie is dubbed as 'RuMa' by the fans, after a fan video was made of her participating in Battle Dig where she raced Bobby to the finish mat.
- Ruth-Marie is the only original member of Casaya to ever be a member of La Mina.
|Survivor: Panama Castaways|