Ruth Goldman Cohen (1931 - 2019)

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Ruth Goldman Cohen passed away on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 in her Atlanta home surrounded by family.

Ruth was born Oct. 20, 1931 in The Bronx, New York, to Morris and Molly Goldman. She was married to Melville Cohen, and they raised four sons. She earned her undergraduate degree at Queens University in Charlotte, and her master's degree in education at Appalachian State University. She worked in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, administrator, and also tutored privately. She taught thousands of children how to read and was particularly gifted at helping remedial students.

She was a voracious reader, accomplished bridge player and lifelong learner, taking continuing education courses until very recently. An enthusiastic lover of the arts, she was a docent at The Mint Museum of Charlotte and frequently attended the opera and theater.

Ruth was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was predeceased by her son Steve, and is survived by sons Jeff (Sherry), Doug (Ashli), Adam (Cooper), brother Henry Goldman (Judy), daughter-in-law Tina Cohen, grandchildren Josh (Jane), Deb, Nicholas (Patty), Dylan, Sam, Tate, Ethan and Mitchell Cohen; and great-granddaughter Garver Cohen.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 13th, at The Hebrew Cemetery of Charlotte at 1801 Statesville Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Weinstein Hospice in Atlanta (

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 12, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
Harry & Bryant Funeral Home
500 Providence Road | Charlotte, NC 28207 | (704) 332-7133
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