Ruth Edna Schuh Kelley passed away peacefully on February 25, 2014 at the age of 94, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved mother of five children: Ruth Kelley Kissiah and her husband, Herman; Diana LaMarca and her husband, Joseph; Roberta Messina and her husband, Anthony; Peter Kelley and his wife, Beverly, and her late son, William Robert Kelley who passed away at the age of three and was ever present in her heart, mind and spirit. Ruth is survived by one nephew, David Taylor and his wife, Ratna; one granddaughter, Karin Kissiah; and four grandsons: Christopher Kelley and his wife, Emily; Eric Kelley; Brian Kelley and his wife,Olivia, and James LaMarca and his wife, Maeghan. She also left three great grandsons: Jackson Kelley, Ryan Kelley and Charles Kelley. Ruth was predeceased by her brother, Charles F. Schuh, her sister, Charlotte Taylor and her husband Paul, and their son Charles Taylor. Ruth lived almost her entire life at her cherished Clarke Street home in Lexington. She fell in love with books at a very young age, and as a child, would spend countless hours joyfully reading and exploring at the nearby Cary Memorial Library. Proudly she served as a Girl Scout and reached the highest level for women of Golden Eaglet. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1937 and from Radcliffe College in 1942. After becoming a single parent, she inspired all who knew her as she returned to college to earn her Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University in 1955. She taught English Literature in Saugus MA for 30 years where she reached the hearts and minds of her students through her passion for the literary classics. One of her greatest honors as a teacher was being asked to travel to Russia in the 1970's with a group of other US educators to tour Russian Schools and learn first hand about their educational system. With her family grown, she took countless trips throughout the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Russia and China. At the age of 75 she traveled across Siberia. The final five years of her life were spent living at Carleton Willard Village in Bedford where she made many new friends and inspired those who saw her meet each new physical challenge with grace and dignity. She will always be remembered as a woman of great inner strength and compassion. A private family service celebrating her life was held on February 27, 2014 at Douglass Funeral Home, Lexington, MA. To honor her memory, a donation may be made to the newly established: Ruth Edna Schuh Kelley Library Fund: C/O Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington Ma 02421.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Mar. 10 to Mar. 17, 2014
Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
51 Worthen Road Lexington, MA 02421