Ruth M. Lewis

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MORETOWN - Ruth M. Lewis, 93, a longtime resident of the Waterbury area, passed away in the comfort of her family on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

Born in Albany Aug. 10, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Mande (Peters) Coolbeth.

On Dec. 26, 1938, she married Wayne M. Lewis. Wayne predeceased Ruth on May 7, 1987.

Ruth attended schools in Hardwick, and following her marriage, she and Wayne made their home in North Duxbury.

As a young woman, Ruth went to work for Dr. Raymond Dumas in his veterinary practice in Waterbury, and in addition worked as a housekeeper for Don and Irma Williams, as well as doing canning for the Demeritt Co. Ruth later was employed at the Vermont State Hospital in laundry services, from which she retired. Not one to remain idle, Ruth continued to work part time for O'Brien Cleaning Service in Waterbury for several years.

The foundation to Ruth's life can be found in three words: faith, family and friends. Her dedication to the Wesley United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women was paramount in her life, as was evident through her involvement in volunteering, organizing and supporting every aspect of the church's mission. Ruth knew what it meant to be a true friend. Over the nine decades of her life, she touched many people with her sincerity, concern and love. These friendships knew no boundaries of age or distance. A loving wife, dedicated mother and devoted Gram, Ruth took great joy in the company of her close and affectionate family. She is deeply loved and mourned by her son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A longtime volunteer at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ruth also enjoyed her involvement with the Jolly Dozen Christmas Club.

Ruth is survived by her son, Mitchell Lewis, and his wife, Norma, of Stowe; three grandchildren, Anthony Lewis and his wife, Candace, of Georgia, Stephanie Griffin and her husband, Brian, of South Burlington, and Ceara St. Onge, of Pittsfield, Mass.; two stepgrandchildren, Matthew Kellogg and his wife, Samantha, of Colchester, and Christopher Kellogg, of Wilmington, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Kylah Alexis, Tori Griffin, Mattison Lewis and Anika Lewis; a special friend among many, Nancy and Tim Murphy, of Middlesex; her in-laws Rita Woods, of Montpelier, Ada Alger, of Middlesex, Carlyle Lewis and his wife, Gloria, of Williamstown, Lorraine Towne and her husband, Norman, of Barton, and Lorraine Lewis, of New Britain, Conn.; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Ruth was predeceased by seven siblings.

A service to celebrate the life of Ruth M. Lewis will be held from the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. Later inurnment will take place in Hope Cemetery, Waterbury. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 214, Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at and Facebook.
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Published in Times Argus on Mar. 25, 2014
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