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Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery

3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD

OBITUARY

Ruth C Tharrington

29 May , 19323 November , 2019
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Ruth C. Tharrington was born in LaGrange, North Carolina on 29 May, 1932, the first child of Herman and Almenter Carraway. She attended elementary and high school in Mount Olive, NC. Ruth graduated, with honors, from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s degree in education in 1954. After graduating from college, Ruth briefly taught elementary school in Maxton, NC. When she met the love of her life, George Tharrington, she relocated to Washington, DC. George and Ruth married on 2 August 1958, and became the parents of Chris in December of 1959, and Phil in February of 1962.

When a job opportunity in the editorial office of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology opened in 1963, Ruth applied and was accepted, becoming an editor of medical papers. She worked in the editorial office for the next twenty-eight years, ultimately rising to become the head of the office, until her retirement in 1991. After a few years at home, Ruth took the opportunity to work part-time as a receptionist at Howard University.

Ruth had a deep and abiding faith in God, a faith which she passed on to her family. She was a devoted and active member of Bunton Institutional CME Church, which she joined in 1972.

Ruth loved solving crossword puzzles, reading, attending family reunions, and above all, cooking for her family and friends, particularly during the holiday season. The endless love she had for her family and friends was always shown in the wonderful meals she created. The love she had for her family reached new heights when Imani, her granddaughter, entered the world in August of 2016.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Bertha. Left to cherish her loving memories are her sons, Chris and Phil; granddaughter, Imani; her brothers, James, Hermon (Mary) and Hubert (Christine); numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.

She leaves behind a legacy of love for God, family, and friends that will nurture us and remain in our hearts, and memories, forever.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, 9 November , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 9 November , 2019
  • Burial Saturday, 9 November , 2019

Memories

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Seannetta Carraway

18 November 2019

My Aunt Ruth was a humble and giving woman. She supported me during my mountains and valleys. I remember my mom and I took her to a gospel concert one day. After that concert, I realized that Aunt Ruth enjoyed hymns. She didn’t tell me what she disliked, but I definitely learned what she did like that day.

My family often reflect on a time when my son, Chase, was approximately three years old, and Aunt Ruth was trying to engage with him about his new experience with preschool. She asked, “Chase, how do you like school?” Chase, staring straight at a Ritz Box Cracker Box, responded with, “I want some crackers!” Although his focus was on the cracker box, Aunt Ruth was calm, yet still persistent with trying to have a conversation with Chase, and she proceeded with, “Well Chase, what are working on in school?” Chase then responded saying in a somewhat husky voice, “I want three!” We still laugh about that moment and Chase is now 16 years old!

I also remember a conversation I had with her a couple of years ago about her mom passing while she was a young girl and how she had to take care of her younger siblings. I heard her voice tremble through the phone as she spoke about it and we both were in tears. I can only imagine what she had to endure as she had sacrificed her childhood to serve her sister and brothers.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I love you Aunt Ruth,
Seannie

Hubert Carraway

16 November 2019

Ruth, my big sis.
I thank God for you and your enormous display of motherly love, kindness and generosity throughout the years. Thank you for the potato pies and oyster stuffing dishes you prepared just for me each Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know without a doubt they were prepared with lots of love.
You have always been very "special" and will forever be in my heart.
Chris and I will always love you.
Buddy and Chris

Kecia Burney

16 November 2019

Bertha, Hubert, Ruth, Hermon at Parks Family Reunion

Kecia Burney

16 November 2019

Stephanie Moore Sutton

10 November 2019

Cousins Chris and Phil, my sympathy to you and our family on the passing of Cousin Ruth. I am just learning of her passing today. I remember her beauty, smile, and intelligence. I think I possess my love of editing, due in part, to Cousin Ruth. My mother, Beulah Carraway Moore, and sister, Minister Deborah Moore Marshall, and I will keep you in our prayers.

Kecia Burney

9 November 2019

Chris, Phil & Imani,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in knowing that your Mother loved you all dearly and she was a woman of God.
I will always remember her warm smile, witty personality and love she showed in so many countless ways for her family. I will miss her. Love you all. Your cousin,
Kecia C. Burney

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Ruth at Parks Family Reunion

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Ruth Carraway Tharrington
May 29 1932 - November 3 2019

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The Bride

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Ruth at Parks Family Reunion

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Ruth Carraway Tharrington
May 29 1932 - November 3 2019

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The Bride

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George & Ruth

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Cutting the Wedding Cake

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Wedding: Walking down Aisle

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Out for dinner

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Young Ruth with Chris & Phil

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Sunday after church with Chris & Phil