Newport, NH: Ruth A. Gardner, 80, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2020 at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport after a period of declining health. She was born on November 8, 1939 in Leverett, MA to the late Lester and Bessie (Whitemore) Glazier. She graduated from Towle High School with the class of 1957 and has lived in North Newport most of her life.
Ruth worked as a beautician in the Newport area for many years, at Bank East in Newport, and at the Newport Senior Center. She attended the Croydon Church for many years and enjoyed singing in the choir. She liked to cook and loved family holiday gatherings. She would call her family on the first snowfall of the season. She liked to paint and take walks with her beloved dogs.
Ruth was always family first. Her home always had an open door and she would greet you with a smile. She liked going camping with her family and spending time at the ocean. Her camp shorts will live on in infamy. She loved her grandchildren and would do anything to help her family. She enjoyed good food and good fun. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years in 2014, Wendell Gardner.
Surviving family include her children, Wendell Gardner, Jr. of Newport, Susan Bushway and her husband, Ron of Newport, Greg Gardner and his wife, Michele of Croydon, two brothers, Philip Glazier and his wife, Joyce, and Norman Glazier and his wife, Elaine, sister, Sue Baker and her husband, Stan, sister-in-law, Joan LaFountaine, 9 grandchildren, Lauren Bushway, Ryan Bushway, Glen Gardner, Jasmine Spear, Jordan Gardner, Dylan Gardner, Cody Gardner, Ethan Gardner, and Nikki Gardner, great-grandchildren, Addison and Olivia Spear, Rosalie Johnson, and Lillian Gardner, and many other extended family members.
Calling hours will be held on Friday June 19, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM at Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Newport, NH. A memorial service will be held on Sunday June 21, 2020 at Noon at Faith River Church, 233 North Main Street, Newport, NH. Burial will follow in North Newport Cemetery.
Physical distancing and face coverings are encouraged. Masks will be provided at the funeral home to those who want them.
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