Ruth M. Barton

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NORTHAMPTON - Ruth M. Barton, 88, of Prospect Avenue, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Born in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice (Spencer) Barton.

Ruth was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School. Later, she graduated from the former Northampton Commercial College.

Ruth lived most of her life in Northampton, and worked for the Northampton School system for 43 years, retiring as the administrative assistant to the superintendent.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton. Ruth was very active in the Northampton High School Alumni Association, where she was a past president and past secretary. She was also on the planning committee for her class reunions. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's' Club.

Ruth enjoyed summers in Hampton Beach, N.H., and Cape Cod, and traveling to Florida, California, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Canada, England, Austria, and Germany. She also took cruises to Bermuda, Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean.

Ruth is survived by her cousin Richard Spencer of Jacksonville, Fla.

Ruth's funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Road, Northampton. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the funeral from 12 to 1 p.m.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 27, 2014
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