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Ruth Eleanor Millis

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Ruth Eleanor (Scott) Millis, 86, formerly of Commercial Street in Adams, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at the Sweet Brook Care Center where she was admitted Jan. 17, 2003.

She was born in North Adams on Oct. 12, 1916, daughter of the late Winfield B. and Minnie (Illingworth) Scott. She attended North Adams elementary schools and was a graduate of Drury High School, North Adams, class of 1933. She later graduated from the former Bliss Business College, North Adams, class of 1935. She was last employed for several years at the former Roberts Co. store North Adams, until her retirement in 1988. Earlier, she worked at the former Pizzi’s Store and former Lurie’s Store, both in North Adams. She was a longtime resident of North Adams before moving to Adams 10 years ago.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Adams. While in North Adams, she was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a member of its Women’s Guild. She enjoyed reading, walking and the Boston Red Sox.

Her husband, John Frederick Millis, whom she married Nov. 12, 1938, died June 12, 1966. She is survived by five daughters, Cynthia J. Towslee of Pownal, Vt., Susan E. Johnson, Martha E. Leja and Melinda R. Clark, all of Adams, and Anne L. Andrew of North Adams. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A son, David Winfield Millis, died May 30, 1980.

A Eucharistic celebration of life for Ruth E. Millis will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Michael McCue, rector, will officiate. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours at the Augé-Pacioreck-Simmons Funeral Home, Adams, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the funeral home, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, MA 01220.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 6, 2003
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