RUTH M. LEWIS
August 10, 1920 - March 23, 2014
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LEWIS, RUTH M., 93, a longtime resident of the Waterbury area, passed away in the comfort of her family on March 23, at Central Vermont Medical Center. Born in Albany Aug. 10, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Mande (Peters) Coolbeth. On Dec. 26, 1938, she married Wayne M. Lewis. Wayne predeceased Ruth on May 7, 1987. Ruth attended schools in Hardwick, and following her marriage, she and Wayne made their home in North Duxbury. As a young woman, Ruth went to work for Dr. Raymond Dumas in his veterinary practice in Waterbury, and in addition worked as a housekeeper for Don and Irma Williams, as well as doing canning for the Demeritt Co. Ruth later was employed at the Vermont State Hospital in laundry services, from which she retired. Not one to remain idle, Ruth continued to work part time for O’Brien Cleaning Service in Waterbury for several years. The foundation to Ruth’s life can be found in three words: faith, family and friends. Her dedication to the Wesley United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women was paramount in her life, as was evident through her involvement in volunteering, organizing and supporting every aspect of the church’s mission. Ruth knew what it meant to be a true friend. Over the nine decades of her life, she touched many people with her sincerity, concern and love. A loving wife, dedicated mother and devoted Gram, Ruth took great joy in the company of her close and affectionate family. A longtime volunteer at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ruth also enjoyed her involvement with the Jolly Dozen Christmas Club. Ruth is survived by her son, Mitchell Lewis, and wife, Norma, of Stowe; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a special friend among many, Nancy and Tim Murphy, of Middlesex; her in-laws Rita Woods, of Montpelier, Ada Alger, of Middlesex, Carlyle Lewis and wife, Gloria, of Williamstown, Lorraine Towne and husband, Norman, of Barton, and Lorraine Lewis, of New Britain, Conn.; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Ruth was predeceased by seven siblings.