Ruth E. Flanders

ORANGE — Ruth Elizabeth (Williams) Flanders, 73, of King James Court, East River Street and formerly of Wendell Road where she had lived more then 30 years, died Thursday morning, Jan. 28, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Born on July 19, 1942, in Montpelier, Vt., she was a daughter of the late Carroll E. and Virginia C. (Campbell) Williams, and granddaughter of the late Clyde Campbell, a state representative from Granville, Vt., and his wife, Bessie.

Ruth was brought up in the towns of Waitsfield and Moretown, Vt., and attended grammar school in both towns, and graduated from Waitsfield High School in 1960.

As of 2015, Ruth was a 62-year member of the Moretown Methodist Church.

Ruth’s family moved from Vermont to New Salem in October of 1974.

Assistant secretary of the New Salem Academy Trustees for several years, Ruth also had been on the board of trustees for People’s Bridge Action from 1984 until 1986.

Ruth had worked many years as a laborer for Paul Wilbur’s Construction on Wendell Road in New Salem.

Being a mom, grandma and great-grandma was her biggest and most fulfilling full-time job. She loved to be with her children and grandchildren doing family things. Ruth also enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, crocheting, baking and doing puzzles.

Survivors include her children, Marie Flanders of Ayer, Daniel Flanders of Hatfield and Roger Flanders of Orange; grandchildren, Nicholas Beach of Ayer, Colby Stacey of Ayer, Meagan Rorabach of Athol; great-granddaughter, Meredith Goldstein; brother, Richard Campbell of Ashfield; sisters, Carolyn Brown and her husband, Robert, Elaine Marcou and her husband, Frank, and Susan O’Neill and her husband, Legrand, all of Vermont; and several nephews and nieces.

At Ruth’s instructions, there are no calling hours.

There will be a graveside service later this year in the North New Salem Cemetery in New Salem.

Donations are suggested to Orange Food Pantry, 118 East Main St., Orange, MA 01364.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at

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Athol, MA 01331
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