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Ruth Belcher

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Ruth Spooner Belcher passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2013. At the time of her death, Miss Belcher was a resident at Newfield House in Plymouth. Miss Belcher is survived by her sister Elizabeth P. Rogers of Urbana, IL. Her brother, Edward L. Belcher and sisters Hilda B. Mortimer, Marjorie S. Belcher and Helen C. Belcher pre-deceased her. She is remembered lovingly by her entire family, which also includes 11 nieces and nephews and 12 greatnieces and nephews. Ruth was born in Plymouth on Oct. 2, 1933 with Down Syndrome, the daughter of the late Edward R. and Helen L. Belcher. With the support of her parents and her entire family, Ruth was a model for the benefits of what is now known at inclusion. In her early years, she lived at 35 North Street and was well known in the community for her daily journey to Smiths General Store on Main Street for a newspaper and other supplies that were needed at home. In her later years, she lived with her sisters, Helen and Marjorie Belcher, splitting her time between the town and Marjories cottage at South Pond. Ruth will be fondly remembered for her indefatigable spirit and her overwhelming sense of community. She was a loyal member of the Church of the Pilgrimage, regularly attending Sunday services there and helping out with preparing the bulletins for each service. For several years, Ruth collected the labels from Campbell Soup cans as part of a nationally sponsored fund raising program for education. The energy and enthusiasm she applied to this project attracted the involvement of many friends and neighbors in the community and Ruth was ultimately cited at the national level for her contribution. Ruth will be missed by all who knew her. You could not stop in for a visit with Ruth without hearing about the news of the day, whether from a recent activity she had attended at church or from some recent correspondence from one of her siblings. She loved her family unconditionally, including, importantly, her dog Gypsy, and was loved by all who knew her. A celebration of Ruths life is being planned for the summer. Burial will be private. There will be no visiting hours. Arrangements are being made by the Richard Davis Funeral Home in North Plymouth. Ruths surviving family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at Newfield House for the loving care they provided her and requests that in lieu of flowers, Ruths friends and loved ones consider a gift of support to the Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth, MA 02360. On-line condolences may be made at richarddavisfuneralhome.com

Published in Old Colony Memorial from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 2013
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