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Ruth "Ruthie" Catherine Brown
Ruth "Ruthie" Catherine Brown
Ruth “Ruthie” Catherine Brown, lifelong resident of Haverhill, born January 9, 1933, and passed away peacefully on Nov 5, 2018. Her mother was an avid reader and named each child after character’s she read about in books. Ruthie was named after Ruth from the book of Ruth.
Ruthie was born 5 minutes earlier than her twin sister, best friend and soulmate Eileen Josephine Brown. She was well known in Haverhill and somewhat of a Haverhill icon along with her sister who she was survived by. She brought joy to people who would see them around town – always smiling and always dressed identical to her sister. She and her sister loved Marilyn Monroe and often dressed in her likeness.
Ruthie was 1 of 9 children - Olive, Dottie, Mary, Thelma, Johnny, Kenny, Geraldine, and Eileen and had fond memories growing up in their house on Haseltine Street enjoying gardening with her father & picking apples, pears, & cherries from the fruit trees in their yard. A bit of a daredevil, Ruthie and her sister enjoyed climbing the stone walls at the Cogswell school, Ice skating at the Bradford pond and enjoyed the movies with her older sister Geraldine (Gerry) at the Strand theater in Haverhill. Afterwards they enjoyed lunch at the Bradford College cafeteria & brownies with vanilla ice cream at Peters Sweet Shop downtown.
Ruthie was an artist and enjoyed drawing. She loved all animals especially cats and owned many over the years. She loved Dwight Yoakam and has seen him in concert over 20 times. She enjoyed her last show with Eileen this past October at the Portsmouth Music Hall. Ruthie completed her third year of high school and left to work with her sister as a knurler at Sandler Rustic shoe factory on Essex street in Haverhill. Because they were always together, Ruthie and her sister got a job working as crystal lappers at Western Electric where she worked for 25 years.
She enjoyed the simple things in life – like sunny afternoons spent on the patio and sitting near the pine trees at their little house on Murial Terrace, listening to her favorite songs like Streets of Bakersfield and most of all, just being with her sister Eileen.
Ruthie is survived by her twin sister Eileen of Haverhill, her older sister Geraldine & her husband Aldo Cretarolo of Haverhill, her nephew Robert J. Gordon and his partner Maria Goncalves of Plaistow N.H., niece Diane Gordon, several great nephews and nieces, including Evin Gordon & Julie Garafolo along with their children Jenxie & Veston Gordon of Plaistow.
Services will be private. Memorial donations in memory of Ruthie can be made to The MSPCA in Methuen, Mass.
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