Ruth (Bartlett) Thurber
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Ruth (Bartlett) Thurber

Boscawen, NH — Ruth (Bartlett) Thurber, 93, died at Merrimack County Nursing Home on June 2, 2021.

She was born June 6, 1928 in Plainfield, VT the daughter of Leland and Violet (Rushlow) Bartlett. She graduated from Plainfield high school in 1946 and Lyndon Teacher's College in 1949. She married John L. Thurber on June 22, 1949.

Ruth taught in VT schools from 1949 until moving the family to Franklin NH in 1965 where she continued teaching for 20 more years in Tilton and Sanbornton grade schools. She retired with John in 1985 and moved back to Plainfield VT. During retirement they enjoyed traveling and spending winters in FL.

After John passed away on February 28, 1990, Ruth continued to live in Plainfield VT and did substitute teaching in local grade schools and worked as a cook for a nursing home. She moved back to Franklin NH in 1999 and did volunteer work in the kitchen at Franklin Regional Hospital for 14 years. Her real passion was planning and cooking for large family gatherings. She also enjoyed baking, knitting, sewing and reading.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents, her husband, siblings Wilma Griffith, June Pike and Jerrold Bartlett and great grandson Max Chiari. She is survived by her five children: Cathy Buskey and husband Bill of Claremont NH, Sharon Sanborn and husband Dave of Webster NH, Alan Thurber of Franklin NH, Lee Thurber and wife Patricia of Sutton NH and Lyndon Thurber, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

We would like to thank the staff at Gerrish Manor and the Merrimack County Nursing Home for the kind and professional care they provided Ruth.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers any donations in Ruth's memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( or a Hospice program of your choice.

Burial and service will be held at the Center Cemetery, Plainfield, VT on June 19, 2021 at 9:30 A.M. followed by a reception at 3291 East Hill, Plainfield, NH.

Thibault-Neun Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and an on-line guestbook is available at

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Published in Concord Monitor on Jun. 9, 2021.
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