Mary Grimes Ruth

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Mary Grimes Ruth

August 02, 1925 - December 24, 2018

Mary Grimes Ruth Ashburnham - Mary I. (Grimes) Ruth, 93, of Ashburnham, died Monday, December 24, 2018, at her residence. Her husband of 56 years, Joseph B. Ruth, Jr., died in September 2010.
Mrs. Ruth was born in Gloucester, August 2, 1925, a daughter of Arthur J. and Mary (Murphy) Grimes and moved to Ashburnham 52 years ago. She was a 1943 graduate of Gloucester High School. She received her Bachelors Degree from Emmanuel College in Boston and later her Masters Degree from Salem State College. For 17 years Mrs. Ruth worked as the Executive Director of Gardner Red Cross Chapter. Prior to that she worked at New England Telephone. Towards the end of her working career, Mrs. Ruth Real Estate broker for Diane Dimacale Real Estate in Ashburnham.
She was a member of St. Denis Church in Ashburnham. She enjoyed quilting and donated her quilts to many worthwhile charities.
She leaves two sons, Joseph B. Ruth III and his wife, Mary Jane of Townsend, James A. Ruth of Gardner; three daughters, Eileen C. Cusick and her husband, John, of Springfield, Mary Ellen Cancellieri of Gardner and Kathleen M. Jackson her significant other, Carl Laplante of Templeton; her longtime friend and roommate, Amy Landry of Ashburnham; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was the mother of the late John Ruth who died in 1956 and the sister of the late Leo Grimes of Melrose and Dr. Arthur Grimes of Ipswich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at St. Denis Church, 85 Main Street, Ashburnham.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Isabelle & Anderson Funeral Home, 316 Clarendon Street, Fitchburg. Please see for additional information or to leave an on line condolence.
Prayers of committal will be offered 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018, at Calvary Cemetery, 151 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.
Published on December 27, 2018
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Joseph Graziano
Dec 28, 2018
Mary Ruth was one of the best neighbors that Emily and I could ever have. She was so kind to us including willow. She enjoys bird watching and the beautiful life that you could imagine. She will be truly missed from the Graziano family. Mary, i wish you the greatest joy in heaven.