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 www.todayschoice.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ 07461.