East Lyme - Ruth W. Beckwith, 104, died Sunday evening, Jan. 16, 2011, at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center in Niantic.
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She was born July 12, 1906 in Plymouth, Conn., the daughter of Charles B. Watrous and Annie (Webster) Watrous. The family moved to Niantic in 1918.
She graduated from Chapman Technical High School, Class of 1924 and attended the University of Connecticut, majoring in dietetics.
On Dec. 31, 1928, she married Dwight W. Beckwith. He predeceased her in 1962.
She was also predeceased by a brother, Herbert N. Watrous who died in 1934 and a sister, Meriam Watrous who died in 1911.
She is survived by a son, Wilbur Beckwith of Niantic; a daughter, Margaret B. Stone and her spouse, Fred W. Stone, of Gales Ferry; a granddaughter, Nancy Taylor and her spouse, Geoffrey Taylor, of New London, her grandson, Scott MacDonald of Waveland, Miss.; her two great-grandchildren, Corey Perkins of Bangor, Maine and Amy Perkins of Washington, D.C.
Ruth was a member of the Niantic Community Church since 1921 and the Friends of Smith-Harris and the East Lyme Historical Society.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic. A reception will follow at the church. In case of inclement weather, call the church at 860-739-6208 to confirm that the service will be held.
Memorial gifts may be made to Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington MA 01805-0105, The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111-1593, or to Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic CT 06357-2518.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com
Published in The Day on Jan. 19, 2011