RUTH E. (KENNEDY) BLACK of Woburn, June 11th. Beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Black. Loving mother of Thomas J. Black Jr., his wife Meg, of NH, Terry Day and her husband Buddy and Richard L. Black, his wife Sharon all of Woburn. Dear sister of the late Esther Chandler, Richard and Jane Kennedy. Also survived by many loving grand and great grandchildren. A Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 17th at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call one hour prior to the Service, from 12-1p.m.. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
Ruth was born in Ithaca, New York, daughter of the late Ella Kennedy and Lawrence F Kennedy. She had three siblings, Dick Kennedy, Esther Kennedy Chandler and Jane Kennedy. After graduating High School and working a few years she enlisted in the Womans Army Corps during World War II. There she learned to drive large army trucks and also to be a radio operator using Morse Code which she remembered even to the end; sometimes saying that she would dream in code!
Ruth met her future husband, Tom Black, while stationed in Kansas. Ruth was the first WAC allowed to get married out of uniform, in a wedding dress. After discharge she moved to Woburn to wait for Tom to be discharged and join her in his hometown.
They raised three children while Tom worked in the family business, J.J. Black & Sons. While raising her family Ruth always found time for volunteer work whether time with Girl Scouts, working with special needs children, at Choate Hospital or time at the First Baptist Church in Woburn. Ruth also worked for the Woburn Public Schools and the IRS in Andover. All throughout her lifetime she shared her love of music with her family and friends also playing the viola in the Melrose Symphony Orchestra. In the 60’s Tom and Ruth built their summer home on Pine River Pond in East Wakefield, NH where they enjoyed many, many years with family and friends.
In retirement she and Tom spent winters in Hallandale, Florida. While there she volunteered numerous hours helping seniors complete their taxes. When winter subsided they headed back to NH for summers on Pine River Pond and volunteered at the Senior Center delivering Meals on Wheel to those in need.
After Tom’s death in 1993 Ruth moved to the new independent living facility at the former Choate Hospital where she had spent many hours volunteering. Ruth remained there for over seventeen years and would always say I dont know what I ever did to deserve to live in such a nice place.
Ruth will always be remembered as a strong, generous, spirited, talented woman who enjoyed life and shared her love forever.
Ruth is survived by her three children, Tom Black Jr and wife Meg, of NH, Terry Black Day and husband Buddy, and Richard Black and wife Sharon of Woburn. Also survived by seven grandchildren, John Day, Tricia Day Cassidy, Melanie Black Voros, Matthew Black, Alicia Black Weaver, Jenny Black Wilson and Angela Black OReilly and 16 great grandchildren.
She will be forever missed. .-. .. .–.
A Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 17th at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call one hour prior to the Service, from 12-1p.m.. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.