RUTH MURPHY TROMBLEY - BRISTOL - Ruth Murphy Trombley, 76, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Born Ruth Ann Murphy on Oct. 7, 1936, to Harry and Bertha Murphy, she grew up in Bristol and attended Bristol High School, where she met her husband, Harold Norton Trombley. Together they raised four wonderful, rowdy boys - Michael, Jeffrey, Matthew and Christopher - who all inherited their parents' strong values, charisma, and senses of humor. Ruth - a.k.a. Ruthie or Rhubarb, as her family affectionately called her - was a kind and caring soul who opened her heart and home to everyone in her life. She turned her love of antiques into a successful career that carried her through adulthood and into retirement. She shared her time and love with those around her, especially her grandchildren, who were the center of her universe. They loved her hugs, her gentle manner, and her bottomless pantry, always stocked with treats just for them. Ruth was predeceased by her son, Jeff; and sister, Mary. She leaves behind her husband, Hal; sons, Mike Trombley and wife, Anya Huneke, Matt Trombley and wife, Mylinda, and Chris Trombley and wife, Patti; grandchildren, Brittney Brooker (26), and Thomas (4), Nora (2), and Emmett Trombley (1); sister, Patricia Guilmartin; brother, Harry "Bud" Murphy; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She also leaves some very dear friends - like family to her - who came to cherish her warm company, generosity, and festive July 4th barbecues. Ruth loved to sing ("Peaceful Easy Feeling" was a favorite), and passed that passion on to her sons, who have built careers in music. She also loved to cook, and often served up feasts for the entire family. She had a special connection to York Beach, Maine, and returned every summer to sit by the beach, sip Manhattans, and play Scat. Ruth was a gentle woman with remarkable inner strength. She was her family's rock, and will be deeply missed. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Holly Hall, 1 South Street, Bristol, VT, 05443. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, PO Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 9, 2013