AMHERST - Ruth E. McGrath, 91, longtime resident of Amherst, died on July 17, 2014, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack.She was born in South Dartmouth, Mass., on April 17, 1923, a daughter of Ray V. and Marion (Blanchard) Comerford. She was raised in Bedford and graduated from West High School, Manchester, and the University of New Hampshire.Mrs. McGrath was an elementary physical education teacher for the Nashua School District for 20 years.She was fond of gardening, birdwatching, horses and dogs. In addition, she and her late husband both had their pilot's licenses and enjoyed flying their small plane around New England. She loved spending time at her camp at Lake Skatutakee in Harrisville, where she entertained many friends and old classmates.Mrs. McGrath attended the First Congregational Church of Milford, UCC, and was active in the Women's Sewing Group and made many items for its annual Holly Berry Fair.She was predeceased by her husband, Chester McGrath, and a niece, Janet Lee Kenney.Family members include two nephews, Edward "Pete" Comerford and his wife, Mary, Richard F. Comerford and his wife, Sharon, all of Keene; three nieces, Susan Kosmo, Nancy Jo Krochmal and her husband, John, all of Westmoreland, and Sally McGraw of Milford; many great-nieces and great-nephews.
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services: A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 22, at 11 a.m. in Glen Valley Cemetery, Valley Road, Barre, Mass.In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, 545 Route 101, Bedford 03110 or Amherst EMS, P.O. Box 126, Amherst 03031.Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.
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Published in Union Leader on July 20, 2014