Massachusetts State Representative Jay Barrows of the 1st Bristol District stopped by The Doolittle Home on Friday, July 11, 2014 to present Resident Ruth Marshall with a Proclamation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recognition of Ruth’s 100th birthday.
Ruth came to The Doolittle Home in October. Born in 1914 near Forest Hills, MA (Forest Hills area of Jamaica Plain), Ruth lived in Roslindale until the age of 6. After that, she and her family moved to Norwood, MA. Ruth attended Framingham State Teachers College, now Framingham State University, studying home economics. Ruth then moved to New Hampshire, where she met her husband George.
Ruth taught junior and senior high school students in New Hampshire as well as in New York State. Additionally, Ruth’s passion for books and libraries led her to become a librarian at the St. Johnsbury School, a well-recognized school in Northern Vermont. “I had a wonderful time as a librarian,” Ruth smiled.
Ruth was married to George for 57 years and raised 3 sons Gene, Kerry and Dennis. George was a registered pharmacist who was well-respected in his town. When asked her impression of the home, Ruth replied, “The Doolittle Home is safe. The staff is kind, thoughtful and pleasant for those who live here.”
Ruth is still an avid reader and can be seen crossing the street between The Doolittle Home and the Boyden Library often. She also enjoys jigsaw puzzles and games of Scrabble and has a couple of young Foxboro residents that come to the home just to play Scrabble with Ruth.