Ruth Maguire

Ruth Ellen Maguire (Coughlin)

Tuesday, June 19th, 1928 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Ruth E. Maguire of Norwell, MA, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 20, 2020 in her home of 42
years surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born on June 19, 1928 to John and Mary Frances (Clark)
Coughlin and was raised and educated in Dorchester. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of
62 years, Donald V. Maguire. She is survived by her children, John, Donna, Paul, David (and his wife,
Diane), Lee, Richard (and his wife, Heidi). Ruth is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Meghan,
Erin, Aidan, Ian, Avia, Brendan, Cameron, and Alden. Ruth was one of four sisters. She was predeceased
by her sisters Jean Berzinis of Fort Myers, FL and Ann Sussenguth of Amelia Island Plantation, FL. Her
surviving sister, Mary Frances DeWeese, lives in Queensland, Australia.
Ruth worked as a long-distance telephone operator for many years.
She will always be remembered for organizing fun activities for her children and their friends including
swimming, canoeing, scavenger hunts, “jungle breakfasts”, trips to Lincoln Park, and hiking the Blue
Hills, to name just a few. Later, she led many similar adventures with her grandchildren in Sebago, ME
including hiking Mt. Douglas, making trips to the drive-in theatre, participating in local parades, going
blueberry picking, and playing a myriad of games and puzzles. Ruth also served for many years as a girl
scout leader and CCD instructor. She fostered a passion for learning, had a truly fun personality, and was
strong in her faith. Ruth enjoyed traveling with members of her family to many destinations around the
world and throughout the U.S and Canada. Additionally, she was an avid reader who found interesting
conversation invaluable.
In her 91 years she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and was the central guiding light in her
family. Ruth’s intrinsic ability to spread love, joy, and curiosity touched all of those who had the privilege
of her company.
Private services are planned. Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Church,
where Ruthie enjoyed attending Sunday services. Donations may be mailed to Our Lady of the Lake, 580
Monponsett Street, Halifax, MA 02338 or made online at
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth.
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Jean Hunt

Posted at 05:02am
What a wonderful women... It was an honor to have known many wonderful childhood memories with her as my girl scout leader... she was a brave and patient woman...taking 12+ teenagers on a weekend field trip to New York City (one of my fondest memories) condolences and love to the Maguire family.

Danielle Demers

Posted at 07:43am
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during these times. I am one of the many nurses that cared for your mother during her recent hospital stay and she brought a light to what seemed like such a dark time. When I think about her I picture her laughing and smiling, even when times were getting tough. I am thankful to have met her, and your family through our video chats. I will never forget her, and know that she is resting in the sweetest of peace.

I am so sorry for your loss. Stay strong and stay safe, and know that her Maine Medical Center family has her and you in our thoughts.

Danielle Demers, RN

Joanne Snow

Posted at 05:17pm
So very sorry for the loss of your precious Mother. She is part of so many of my happy memories of growing up with all my favorite friends in Monponsett. Whenever I picture her she is always smiling and laughing. Always just so very happy and making everyone around her happy. Love and prayers, Joanne Raymond Snow

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