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GLOUCESTER: Ruth E. (Grover) Silva, of Gloucester, peacefully passed away on Friday, November 6, at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers with her loving family around her bed side.

Born in Gloucester on July 16, 1925 Ruth was the daughter of the late Mildred Anderson Ritcey and Robert Grover. She was predeceased by her late husband Joe Currier Silva, Jr. her brother, Robert Grover Jr. and his wife, Florence; her sister, Helen Satama and her longtime companion, Silvario Gasper.

Ruth leaves her three grown children, Terry Silva and his wife, Dale, Deborah Marshall and her husband Gene, and youngest daughter, Lauri Francis and her husband, Michael Francis. Ruth is survived by her grandchildren, Gene Marshall Jr. and his wife, Keri, Corey Marshall and his wife, Katie, Kelli, Rocky and Lynn Silva as well as Ashley and her husband, Steven Germain, Taylor, Abigail, Rebekah and Caleb Francis. Ruth also has four great-grandchildren, Connor, Brendan, Maci and Emma Marshall.

Ruth attended Gloucester High School, Class of 1944. Instead of going off to college or the work force she devoted her entire adult life to raising not only her children and grandchildren but also many children in the Portuguese Hill neighborhood and community. Ruth had four special people who she helped raise from childhood, Geraldine (Tinkie) Rose, Kirk and Gina Curcuru as well as her niece, Andrea Sponagle, wife of Dana Sponagle and their three children, Mandy Sponagle-Haskell, Melinda and Missy Sponagle. Ruth also leaves her nieces and nephew, Bunny Rowe, her godchild, Robert Grover III, Christine Loiacano, Maureen Ruchman and the late Salvatore Barry Grover.

Ruth enjoyed her days taking care of as many kids as she possibly could by bringing them to the beach, her daughter’s pool as well as one of her favorite pastimes-shopping. Ruth’s days were never complete until she had a house full of kids and their bellies full. She showered her love equally with all the grandkids and beyond by attending all their sporting games and school activities. She devoted her whole life to her grandkids and beyond so their parents could work their full time jobs.

Ruth enjoyed going daily to her sister-in-law, Florence Grover’s house to play cards with all of her many girlfriends. She also enjoyed playing bingo a few times a week.

Ruth’s funeral services will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  November 7, 2015
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