Ruth Howland French, 84, of Lehigh Acres, and South Yarmouth, Mass., and formerly of Meriden, Conn., died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of Ralph and Elinor (Newton) Howland.
She was the wife of the late Jack H. French.
She lived in Wallingford, Conn., until she married and moved to Meriden, where she raised her family.
Ruth Howland French
She was employed for many years by the 7-Up Bottling Company and The American Cancer Society. She was a 12th descendent of Pilgrim John Howland and a member of the Mayflower Society.
In 2004, she moved to her beloved Cape Cod home, where she developed a passion for gardening, taking long rides along the coastline and adopted a very special dog named Maggie. However, family was always the number one priority in her life and she was cherished as a mother and grandmother.
"Ruthie," as she was known to all, had a kind and generous soul. She was perpetually happy and content and always looked at the bright side of life. The sound of her laughter and the twinkle of her eyes will be a treasured memory.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Gary) DiNoia of Bronxville, N.Y.; sons, Jack (Janice) French of Hingham, Mass., David French of South Yarmouth, Mass., and Thomas French of Meriden, Conn.; grandchildren, Jennifer DiNoia of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lisa DiNoia of White Plains, N.Y., Kelly DiNoia of Brooklyn, N.Y., Douglas French of Stoneham, Mass., Christine French of Hingham, Mass., Richard French of Boston, Mass., Charles (Meche) French of Hyogo, Japan; brother, William Howland of Holliston, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Howland.
Services and burial will be held at a later date in Massachusetts.
Arrangements handled by Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services.