Ruth Elizabeth BYRNE

BYRNE, Ruth Elizabeth

Ruth Elizabeth Byrne, 53, of Old Lyme, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend died unexpectedly on Selden Island in Lyme on Sunday, November 6; the eve of the 25th anniversary of her Selden Island Thanksgiving Celebration. Ruth was born on January 2, 1958; the daughter of Harriet "Betty" and the late Ross "Bud" L. Byrne of Old Saybrook. She grew up in the Ayers Point neighborhood of Old Saybrook where she enjoyed many outdoor adventures with her friends. Ruth graduated from Old Saybrook High School and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO where she earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. Ruth's love of the river, which was inspired by her father, led her to pursue a lengthy career in hydrographic surveying with her sister Nancy. Ruth's fiesty spirit and generous nature was always present in the community. Her greatest joy in life was sharing travel and adventures with her daughter Lisa whom she adored. Whether it was hiking, biking, dancing, or learning the fiddle Ruth always lived life to the fullest. Ruth is survived by her loving daughter Lisa Weigle of Old Lyme; her loving partner Mark Benedict of Essex; her mother Harriet Byrne of Old Saybrook; brother Ross Byrne and his wife Gosia Holszanska of Lyme; sister Nancy Byrne and her partner Julie Flagg of Chester; niece Alina Byrne; and nephew Devin Byrne of Lyme; as well as her beloved dogs Sadie and Daisy. Her loving spirit will continue through her family and many friends.
A memorial service will take place Friday November 11 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lisa Weigle College Fund, c/o Essex Savings Bank, PO Box 529, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or Lisa Weigle c/o First Niagara Bank, 9 Water St., Chester, CT 06412. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.

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Published by Hartford Courant on Nov. 9, 2011.
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Ruth - I am forever broken without you. We shared so much for so long. You were my lifeline for many things many times. I Thank God every day for Lisa! Feeling Blessed to have you in my life.
YOU were not just a cousin.....
Sandi Roberts
December 6, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are wtih Betty, Ross and Nancy. I was so sorry to learn of Ruth's passing this morning.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Eleanor(Carr)Poulos and Family
November 11, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Lisa and Ruth's entire family. It's so hard to believe that Ruth, so beautiful and so full of life, could be taken so soon. We have been blessed to know her and we will miss her dearly.
Ben and Mary Borden
November 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. I went to school with Ruth and remember a girl who was always respectful and kind to all and was fun to be around. She will be missed.
Diane Menghi-Barbour
November 10, 2011
God bless. I grew up on Ayers Point - remember everyone well. My heart pours out for the loss. I applaud Ruth's adventure, love of the outdoors.... Again - god bless. Love to all around her. xoxo

maggie (Margaret Bakewell) Eldredge
November 10, 2011
It's difficult to find the right words to express how sad I am to hear this news. Ruth and I spent much of our teens together, becoming fast friends as freshmen at Old Saybrook High School. I especially remember riding our bikes wherever we went (I believe hers was a yellow Schwinn) after school and on weekends, and the many adventures we shared (some of which got us into trouble!). We actually kind of grew up together, experiencing many "firsts" in our lives. She was always full of energy and spirit, and though we lost touch in later years, her memory will remain strong in my heart. Godspeed, Ruth! Sincere condolences to Ruth's family and friends.
Shelly Nyman Harris
November 10, 2011
Thoughts and prayers to Ruth's family and friends
mike suits
November 10, 2011
Ruth and i went to high school together in old saybrook..,What i remember about Ruth is that she was always nice to every one,,,and I mean everyone,,I am saddened to hear of this tradgedy...My prayers and thoughts go out to all Ruths family , friends and loved ones. ..
carol Mathews(Patterson)
November 9, 2011
Ross, Our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family from all of us at Divers Cove.
Ed & Chris Rosacker
November 9, 2011
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ruth, but I do work with her brother Ross. May God lift you up and your memories be of comfort at this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy to Ross and his family.
Melissa Taylor
November 9, 2011
I don't know where to start. I didn't know Ruth but I know her brother Ross as I work with him as a defense contractor. Ross was the first one to assist me while I was up in Groton working in his office when I got word my wife had been seriously injured from a fallen tree while driving to work. Ross personally took care of me and drove me to the airport to return to Norfolk. He even sent my wife a card and letter. I want to send my heartfelt condolences to his sister Ruth's family. You don't have to meet someone to know how special they are. She was the sister of Ross. That tells me all I need to know. I'm so sorry for the loss of this special Lady...
With deepest sympathy,

Fred and Sherry Sticklen
Norfolk, Virginia
Fred Sticklen
November 9, 2011
She sparkled and made the world a younger place. That is how I will remember her always.
Bob Vankeirsbilck
November 9, 2011
I am sorry for your Loss. Ruth was a good person and will be missed by many... Amy Tolx Henzy
November 9, 2011
I am still so saddened by the loss of a wonderful neighbor. I will always remember her as a caring and extremely thoughtful woman who would do anything for you. She always had a smile on her face and brought joy to those around her. She will be greatly missed! All of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Rana Bonanno-Bailey
November 9, 2011
We are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. Ruth, we will forever miss your beautiful smile and kind spirit. You were an absolute joy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your daughter and your family.
Alan and Fay Abrahamsson
November 9, 2011
May the love of all whom were blessed enough to have been touched by Ruth be of comfort at this very difficult time.
Bob and Janna Austin
November 9, 2011
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