GREENHALGH Ruth Hamill Greenhalgh, age 95 of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. Born in Providence, R.I., on February 20, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Nutting also of Bridgeport. Little "Ruthie" was much beloved by her family and the legion of friends and admirers who knew her to have a cherry disposition, ever-present sense of humor and an indomitable spirit. After studying to be a teacher, Ruth taught kindergarten at the Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport for more than 30 of her early years. Throughout her life, she was very active in the Fairfield/Bridgeport community serving many years as a volunteer at Bridgeport Hospital and Golden Hill United Methodist Church. An avid lifelong tennis player, she and her late husband, Milton Greenhalgh, were well known in tennis circles and at the Patterson Club where she played for many years. After moving to the Watermark at 3030 Park Avenue in 1996, she became a very active member of that community serving on several resident committees. She was a good friend to many who will remember how her warmth, wit, and readiness for the next adventure made her fun to be around. She played a positive and uplifting role in many people's lives. Ruth was a loving mother and a devoted wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her two children, Gay Morris Empson of New Cannan and Dr. Gary L. Greenhalgh of Slatyfork, WVa.. She is also survived by four grandchildren, George Raymond "Rip" Empson, IV of San Francisco, Joshua C. Empson of Santa Monica, Calif., Justin Rufo of Landsdowne, Virginia, Evelyn Austin of Vienna, Va.; and six great-grandchildren. A service celebrating Ruth's life will be held at 3030 Park on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be sent to 3030 Park-Resident's Association, Grants-In-Aid Fund at 3030 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604. The Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave., Bridgeport is in care of arrangements.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 30, 2011