OBITUARY

Ruth Crosby Southwick

22 May, 193030 April, 2021

An Angel, A devoted wife, a loving mother, A proud grandmother, a happy great-grandmother, A friend. A dutiful daughter, a caring sister, a respected aunt, A committed Christian, a breathtaking soprano, a child of God, ...Mom.

Proverbs 31: 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Born in Goffstown, NH, Ruth’s family moved often. Her father, Carl, and mother, Marion, lived in many places with their six children. The fondest of all was Hollis, Maine, where she met the love of her life.

Her father called her “my little Ruthie.” She absolutely loved her name and its biblical heritage. Her husband, Dwight, called her “Ruthie.” She was “Nana, Nana-Ruth, Nana-Southwick,” She was loved by all, especially by those who called her “mom.”

She is survived by her husband, Dwight, and her six children; Dwight Jr., Mary Lee, Jim, Nancy, Bruce, and Ted, and her two sisters; Ann Louise and Lillian. The love she showed will never be forgotten.

Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us,… 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise

Ruth was part of a remarkable, musically gifted family. She traveled throughout the Northeast singing. She had an angelic soprano voice. Her voice carried deep expressions of grief, joy, and love. One famous musical production featured Ruth’s family in a truly memorable way. On Sunday night, December 20th, 1953, Ruth sang in a production of Handel’s Messiah at the First Methodist Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. Performing with her was her father Carl Crosby, her brothers Russell and Herb, and her sisters Ann Louise and Lillian.

Dwight and Ruth were married in 1954 after Dwight returned from the Korean War. Thus began one of the sweetest love stories. For 66 years, Ruth was devoted to Dwight and their family. Dwight was head over heels in love with Ruth since the day he met her at Hollis High School. She and Dwight raised 6 wonderful children. They were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Throughout her life, she used her musical voice and ability to bless so many others. She played the piano and sang in the choir at church services for Willington Baptist and Eastford Baptist Church. Her rendition of “Sleep Soldier Boy” at the Memorial Day parade in Willington, CT was truly moving. She sang countless solos and duets. And every night she would play and sing hymns for her children as they drifted off to sleep.

Joshua 24:15…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Her sincere desire was to tell all her friends about the love of Jesus. She wanted them to know that Jesus had died on the cross to bear the burden for our sins, so we could live forever in God’s grace and loving hands. Through her final breath, she loved her family, husband, and mostly, God. With a smile on her face, and with her family at her side, she moved on to her eternal home with Jesus, in warmth and love forever. She was an amazing Christian, adoring wife, loving mother, and loyal friend.

An Angel (unknown author)

An angel lived among us, A gift from God above. She showered us with kindness and shared with us her love. She cherished every moment With the man who was her life; Walking hand in hand together, Facing life with all its strife. She loved her children dearly, Each one a different way, Nestled close within her heart. Though, now, she’s far away. She’s gone to live with Jesus. But, she’s here with us, today, Smiling down on every one of us, And telling us she’s O.K.

What is left behind?

Most everything washes away in its season; Our possessions, and dreams, ...our loved ones When all we see is but a barren land, Hope springs eternal … Faith blossoms

God has remained, his message is there The Lord like a mighty mountain can be seen through the mist A message, a reason, a home, a way …is what is left behind.

When my time has come, I might wish for many things, But when I close my eyes, I would wish that the last sounds I hear, is my Mom’s angelic voice singing “The Old Rugged Cross” And the soothing voice of my Dad, praying in God’s almighty ear.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, May 8th, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1505 West Street, Southington, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that charitable donations be made to Elim Park at https://give.elimpark.org/give/209969/#!/donation/checkout

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, 8 May , 2021

Memories

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Gary & Barb O'Brien

24 May 2021

Dear Pa ( Dwight ) we are so sorry for your loss! your beautiful wife was a amazing lady that we call Ma ! she surely will be missed and always will remain in our hearts! remembering all the great times we had at Spencer Pond the meals and great friends! sorry to you and your family that we didn't know until today Our 35th Anniversary that she went home with our Lord! God bless you all always Love Gary and Barb

Bruce Southwick

12 May 2021

"That though the radiance which was once so bright
be now forever taken from my sight.
Though nothing can bring back
the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower.
We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."
William Wadsworth

I love you mom. The things you taught me will last my lifetime. God willing (as you loved to say), they will live on in my children.

kATHY WEIGOLD

9 May 2021

My sincere condolences to the Southwick family.
Ruth was an anchor of love and support for the Weigold family and the whole ROH community. A dear lady, a heavenly spirit, now in heaven. Her steady, strong and lovely threads are woven into the fabric of my life for all time. Her famous last words " I trust all is good and love ya bunches!"

Dee Boutilier Sulenski

8 May 2021

My sincere condolences to the entire Southwick family. May you all know Peace, Comfort & Healing.

Glen Huguenin

7 May 2021

When my family began attending Willington Baptist Church we met and quickly became close friends with the Southwick family. Ruth was Mom Southwick to me and I spent a lot of time at their home and I always felt not just welcomed but truly part of the family!

Some special memories beyond playing football on Sunday afternoons with my best friend Bruce and his brothers Jimmy and Ted; include the mysterious dessert called “whoomdig “ (spelling uncertain), and Sourdough pancakes on Easter Sunday mornings!

I also loved to hear her and Pastor Crouse sing together in church.

More than anything else I could say about mom Southwick is that she manifested the love of Jesus Christ to everyone she met in a way that exceeds most! I know that my life has been greatly impacted and blessed by her, her husband Dwight, and all of their children!

Her strong faith has now become sight!

Mike, Kim and Megan Griffin

6 May 2021

Our condolences to the Southwick family on the loss of Ruth. She will be remembered for her kind, caring, and faithful ways.

Walt and Grace Thompson

6 May 2021

Ruth was an amazing woman who dearly loved the Lord. We loved to listen to her sing but even more so hear about how much she loved the Lord and her family. Our prayers are with Dwight and her family at this time.

Karen Southwick

5 May 2021

She was my second Mom. She taught me so much, I can't even begin to say how she changed my life except how to Hug people. Hugs are so important and kisses. I have never let that go.

Andrea Crosby

5 May 2021

My deepest condolences to her husband, children and sisters. I loved her dearly.

Clayton Norman

4 May 2021

Joy and I had many memorable dinners with Dwight and Ruth. My early memory of Ruth is her singing at my brother's wedding. Our paths didn't cross much after that due to our travels but it was a wonderful surprise to find out that they had become residents of Elim Park. That is where the dinners occurred.
Ruth was always so pleasant, friendly, smiling, and inquisitive. Those dinners were filled with memories and laughs. She will be missed. We are thankful for the short time we were able to be reacquainted with her.

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