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Ruth Byrd

Ruth E. Byrd

Sunday, December 9th, 1945 - Friday, February 15th, 2019
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Ruth E. Byrd, age 73 of Wantage, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Born in Wilmington, DE to the late Herschel and Ruth Elliott, Ruth lived in Teaneck before settling in Wantage over 25 years ago.
Ruth graduated with an MA from Columbia University. Dedicated to helping others, she worked several years as a teacher of deaf students. More recently, she served as the client services director at Today’s Choice Women’s Resource Center in Newton. As a woman of deep faith, Ruth served as a church organist and deacon at Lafayette Federated Church.
Preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, Keith Bowen, Jr, Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, William Byrd; children Kristin Shope (Toby), Jeremy Byrd (Ange) and Lauren Bowen; siblings Marybeth James (Kim), John Elliott (Esther), Herschel Elliott, Jr (Marcia) and Sharon Powell (James). Also surviving are her five grandchildren Carter, Jackson, Jayden, Alex and Hattison.
A memorial service for Ruth will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Lafayette Federated Church in Lafayette, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Today’s Choice Women’s Resource Center at Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ 07461.
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    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Lafayette Federated Church
    180 Route 15
    LAFAYETTE, NJ 07848
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Steve Weiner

Posted at 05:16pm
my condolences upon Ruth’s passing. She was a great teacher with wonderful heart. Her legacy is many wonderful memories shared by many of her students. May this be a balm for you and family in the years to come.

Laraine Kensicki

Posted at 08:10pm
Without question, Ruth Byrd was one of the most influential women in my life. She will never be forgotten.

Love, Keith, Kelli, Halle and Abby Kline

Posted at 06:19pm
Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We wish we could be there with you all. We love you!
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Your Evangel Baptist Church Family

Posted at 11:27am
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Monique James

Posted at 05:30am
Coming into this family (james) I found myself overwhelmed with all the kindness from so many. Particularly Aunt Ruth had such compassion when we struggled to have a family of our own. She went out of her way to shield me from my own what if's. A statement made by most, I'll pray for you , came truly from her heart. She offered me that mother figure I didn't have. Her laughter would echo and all those in range felt joy in her presence. Prayers from my heart to all who were graced by having the chance to have been loved by her.

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