Ruth Carlson Jarvis
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Ruth Carlson Jarvis passed away peacefully on March 5, 2019 at the age of 101. Ruth was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 25, 1917. She attended Case Western Reserve University where she earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and married her high school sweetheart, Chuck Jarvis.

In 1966, she and her husband, Chuck joined the Peace Corp and served in five different postings around the world. She wrote a book describing their experiences.

In 1963, they built a simple A-frame cabin in Deering, NH as a summer escape. After Chuck's passing, Ruth continued to summer in Deering and travel in winter to see family and friends the world over, spending a great deal of time in Martins Bay, Barbados. She permanently moved to Henniker, NH in 1997. In 2018, Ruth was presented with the Boston Post cane in recognition of her standing of as the oldest citizen.

Ruth was a vocal advocate for peace in Deering and Henniker, joining in weekly vigils and attending Quaker meetings. Her service and activism were recognized on her 100th birthday celebration by three proclamations and congratulations. Education was always paramount to Ruth and she was well known for her participation in LINEC at New England College.

She was predeceased by her husband Chuck and daughter Judith Wood. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Sutter of Hull, Mass. and son, Eric Jarvis and wife, Diane of Deering, NH, nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

There will be no funeral services at this time. A celebration of Ruth's life is planned for this summer.

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Published in Concord Montior on Mar. 14, 2019.
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April 22, 2020
I met Ruth and Chuck Jarvis when I was a little girl going to school in Barbados. The sweetest people I have ever known. I used to look forward to their visits to Barbados. I was saddened by Chuck's death and I just found out about Ruth's passing last year. My condolences,however late go out to the family. They always spoke of their kids and grand kids. The last time I saw Ruth is when she came to Georgia to visit her cousin. Once again, sorry for your loss.
Elma Kinch
March 24, 2019
I'm saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. But I am one of the very fortunate few to own a copy of that book set mentioned in her obituary, a treasured gift from Ruth. Ruth has inspired me in many ways... and many other people, I'm sure. I have often tried to encourage "lifelong learning" practices, citing Ruth as a wonderful example of being a formal student even at very advanced age. I hope that she manages to find her beloved Chuck again in whatever new adventure she's currently engaged. Condolences to all whom she's left behind.
Tom Cooke
March 18, 2019
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth, but grateful for her (and Chuck's) many years of service with the Peace Corps.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
March 16, 2019
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
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