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Ruth M. Dougherty

Mrs. Ruth M. Dougherty of Hatchery Road, Jim Thorpe, died Saturday, Dec. 8, in Unionville, Penn Forest Township. She was the wife of Thomas P. Dougherty. They were married 52 years on Oct. 22.
Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Richard C. and Mary (Wolfe) Hendra.
She was an astute business woman. She helped her father with his wholesale business in the Easton-Phillipsburg area before graduating from Phillipsburg High School. After graduation, she went to work for the Western Union Corp. in Hackensack, N.J. She rose to the position of assistant general manager for New York City and the New Jersey area.
To help her widowed mother, she returned to the Easton area in the mid-1950s. At that time, she became District Manager for Avon Cosmetics, covering Northampton, Monroe and Carbon counties with a staff of 160 sales people.
Recognizing the potential of the Poconos (Jim Thorpe-Kidder Township and Penn Forest area) she left Avon and, along with her husband, developed a number of very successful businesses, including Dougherty's Antique Auction House, Meckesville; the original Sud Inn, Kidder Township; and, most notably, Dougherty's Emporium-Gift/Antique Shop and Saloon.
The latter gained much notoriety in local media as well as the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia areas.
In addition, she established a wholesale-retail operation, selling rabbit pelts she purchased from Monk Fur Co., Jim Thorpe. Also, along with local historian/antique expert John Gunsser, they formed an antique appraisal service, serving a big part of Northeastern Pa.
She found the time to become involved in raising and racing sled dogs. With the help of local dentist, Hal Freunt, she provided stud services to the newly-opened Dieruff High School, Allentown, for their mascot. Many generations of huskies have been the school's mascot over the years as a result of that match.
She had attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, and was a member of the Mauch Chunk Rod and Gun Club, the BRT Auxiliary and the ladies auxiliaries of the Jim Thorpe American Legion and Lake Harmony, Albrightsville and Penn Forest Fire companies.
Surviving in addition to her husband are nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by a sister Beryl.
Tom would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Sharp, Ann and Chris Rau and many friends like Freddie, John, Mary, Sandra and the ladies across the street who stayed with her until the end.
Services: All services will be private. Arrangements by Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Contributions in her name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery Fund, 180 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229, or to the Heartland Hospice, 881 Marcon Blvd., Suite 3700, Allentown, Pa. 18109.


Published in Times News on Dec. 10, 2012
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