Ruth K. Burns Hetherington
HETHERINGTON, Ruth K. Burns Age 101, of Framingham, formerly of La Mesa, CA, and native of Belmont, Mass., a resident of Countryside Nursing Home in Framingham for the past 12 years. Ruth celebrated her 100th birthday at the Wayside Inn in June 2008 with many family members and friends. A 30-minute documentary film of her life was a feature at the gathering. The blog address for that event Http:// Following marriage, Ruth lived in New York for many years and then returned to Boston. She became vice president of the EFP Burns Company and the Mary Burns Bridal Shop on Summer Street in Boston from 1944 to 1969. Ruth also travelled to schools and colleges in New England for the academic caps and gowns division of the family business. When Ruth retired, she moved to San Diego and became a successful realtor from 1970 to 1995. Ruth maintained leadership roles in the Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPW) of Boston and San Diego, CA, throughout her professional career. Ruth was very proud when the honorary title of Kentucky colonel was bestowed upon her when she represented the BPW club at a national convention in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby. Ruth was also an accomplished painter of many local, historical scenes of New England, Ireland, and the U.S. Southwest, paintings dearly treasured by her family. Beloved wife of the late Allen F. Hetherington and loving sister of the late Ralph J. Burns (Helena), Margaret Canty (Dick), and Edward "Ned" Burns (Isabelle). Devoted mother of four: the late Allen F. Hetherington, Jr. (Nancy), and Peter B. Hetherington (Julie) and now lovingly survived by two daughters: Patricia (formerly Breckenridge and Weatherly) O'Hara and husband, J. Philip O'Hara of Providence, RI, and Katherine "Kate" and her husband, John E. Walker of Framingham. Grandmother of nine: Nan Breckenridge; Allen (Trina), William "Bill" (Yumi), and David Hetherington; Anne Theders (JB); and Michael Weatherly (Bojana) all of California; and, William "Will" Weatherly of Seoul, Korea; Garret F. Walker (Cate), Trumbull, CT; Traci Walker Griffith (John), Boston and Nashua, NH. Great grandmother of nine: Alex Breckenridge; Joseph "Joey" and Elizabeth Griffith; Clementine and Ruby Hetherington; Katie Theders; Brendan and Bridget Walker; and August Weatherly. A Memorial Mass in her honor will be celebrated at St. Linus Church, Hartford Avenue, Natick at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, April 17. Refreshments will follow at the Norton Church Center adjacent. Interment at Cambridge Cemetery will be private. Remembrance of Ruth may be made to the Massachusetts Education Assistance Fund BPW c/o Caroline Coscia, BPW/MA Treasurer, 9 Emerald Street, Apartment B, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Published by Boston Globe on Apr. 15, 2010.
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Dear Kate,

I am sorry for your loss. Your mother had a wonderful life and was
very accomplished. You were very lucky to have had her for so long.

Ellin Carney Regan
Ellin Carney Regan
April 21, 2010
April 17, 2010
Sorry I could not be with you today but please accept my sympathy and that of my family for the loss of your Mother. Ruth was a wonderful lady and had a long and interesting life.


Marjorie Doyle Glover and Family
April 17, 2010
Oh my, I guess really am not really surprized that she lived that long. She was really a go getter. I met Ruth when she became our Realtor back in 1972. She sold us a home and we sold it & bought another one and sold it. We liked her creativity in writing offers. She never batted an eye at some of the weird offers that we made on homes back in those days. She could really think outside the box. Then in 1980 I went into real estate and worked with Ruth @ Century 21 Helix. I was great getting to see her more often and watching her skills and personality up close. When that office closed I think we lost track of our dear Ruth. I sometimes found myself wondering where she was and what she was up to. I knew she would not be sitting around, she would be active!! then I find out she sold real estate until 1996! Our condolenses to her family, She was a great lady and I know you will miss her.
Jane Van Tieghem
April 16, 2010
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