Ruth B. Barry (June 06, 1923 - June 04, 2023)

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Ruth B. Barry
  • June 06, 1923
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  • June 04, 2023

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Ruth Barry died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday June 4, 2023. She was 2 days short of her 100th birthday.

She was born on June 6, 1923 to Mary Silverman and Charles Benjamin in New York City. Ruth is survived by her loving son Dr. Wayne Barry and his wife Lynn, as well as her daughter Gail Barry and her partner Jean Collins. Granddaughters Marya Christoffel and her husband Brandyn, and Caryn Ligon and grandson Michael Draper and his wife Rachel were also present. Great grandchildren, Cleo Christoffel, Shelby Draper and Mason Draper were present as were cousins Lisa, Lilly and Bob Shaw.

Ruth died ½ hour before her planned birthday party which then became a celebration of her long and fulfilling life.

Ruth went to Hunter College and then on to nurses’ training in Baltimore to help the WWII efforts. She met Lewis Barry, a chemical engineer, in Baltimore. She married Lew, and they had 2 children (Wayne and Gail) in Oak Ridge, TN when Lew was working for the government. They had a third child three years later who died at age 13 of a brain tumor.

Ruth lived in many places including New York City, Baltimore, Western Pennsylvania, Lakeland, Florida, north of Chicago, Springfield, Ill, Coconut Creek, Florida and most recently, Orange City, Florida. Ruth has always been a great friend and kept in touch with the many friends she made in the numerous places she lived. (Most are dead now). She also put her best foot forward to adjust to every new place she lived.

Ruth was very involved in the Jewish community everywhere she lived and her children were raised in a supportive Jewish Community even though frequently it was fairly small. After divorcing Lew in 1970, Ruth moved to Skokie, IL where she used her teaching degree, which she earned while the kids were in school, to teach elementary school. She taught for about 20 years in Skokie, Ill.

She moved to Wynmoor in Coconut Creek, FL after hearing about it from a childhood friend and renting several winters. At Wynmoor, she connected with another childhood friend and made many new ones. An avid bridge player for many years, (as was her Mother) she continued to play duplicate bridge games 3 times a week as well as completing the bridge games in the papers that she read daily.

While at Wynmoor, Ruth connected with her Brother-in-law, Sandy Ellis. Sandy’s wife had passed and since Ruth and Sandy always had a twinkle in their eyes for each other, Sandy moved in with Ruth. The “sweethearts” got along so well and the cousins had a chance to reconnect as well. Sandy died of kidney failure after several years of dialysis 3 times weekly.

Ruth has always had an interest in the arts. She played piano as a child and on through adulthood. She insisted that her children learn to play as well! She also encouraged them to pursue their other art interests. She pursued her creative interests through Elder Hostel trips where she also met more lifelong friends. She engaged in photography on these trips, as well as painting and clay. She continued to pursue these interests in her life at Wynmoor. She spent much time at the “Pottery Studio” making her famous ceramic fish. She also taught many children’s classes on her techniques.

After living and enjoying Wynmoor for 30 years, Ruth decided to move closer to Wayne and Lynn in 2020. All activities at Wynmoor shut down during the pandemic and Ruth became increasingly isolated, which was very foreign to her. This prompted her decision to move.

Since moving to Volusia County, Ruth lived in an independent living facility and then moved to The Springs/ Sancere at Parc Hill 18 months ago. She enjoyed her time there and loved both the staff and residents.

Ruth may no longer be with us in her person, but she lives on in the many hearts and lives she touched during her almost 100 years.

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