Ruth E.'s Story

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Mrs. Ruth E. Howard, 92, of Rockport, Massachusetts passed away February 2, 2017, after a period of declining health at the Beverly Hospital surrounded by her children.
Ruth was born February 14, 1924, in Winchester, Mass. She was the daughter of the late Gordo and Gertrude Horn. Ruth was one of 12 children.
Ruth was the loving wife of the late Roger W. Howard, whom she met while working for the Employers Insurance Company in Boston. She also worked for Gorton’s of Gloucester, Rockport National Bank, Tadco of Rockport, and Twin Light Manor in Gloucester.
She leaves behind her children, Linda and her husband, Phil Bradley of Goffstown, N.H.; Janice and her husband, Michael Leahy of Littleton, Mass.; Roger Howard and his wife, Jill of Manchester, N.H.; her seven beloved grandchildren, Matt, Eric and Ben Bradley, Laura McKelligan, Sean Leahy, Kristin Dunnell, Brian Howard; and nine great-grandchildren. Ruth also leaves behind two sisters, Virginia Wheaton of Woburn and Sally MacDormand of Rotterdam, N.Y.
Ruth was very involved in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church. She was a Sunday school teacher, Superintendent of Church school, and on the altar guild for 50 years. She enjoyed volunteering at Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Rockport Garden Club and the VNA of Gloucester. Her most memorable and fun times were when she helped with the April Showers Shows at the Rockport High School and sang and danced in the Rotary Club Shows.
Ruth touched the hearts of many and will surely be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway, Rockport, MA on Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours, and the burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 6, 2017
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