Ruth Lillian Rand

December 28, 1928September 24, 2020

Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Great-grandmother. These are the words Ruth Lillian Rand, 91 of Augusta, Georgia would want you to remember her by.

Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on December 28, 1928, Ruth was the youngest child of Arnold J. Buschena and Estelle (Mathewson) Buschena. She married the love of her life, Robert Kennedy Rand on October 14, 1948. Together they had five daughters and lived in Foxboro, Massachusetts for twenty years. In 1976, Ruth and Bob moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. With a mutual love of the sea, they spent their retirement years traveling, becoming regulars on cruise ships, getting to know captains and crew on a first name basis, and lost count of their dozens of cruise adventures together. They were often joined by their daughters, sons-in-law, and granddaughters.

In 2015, Ruth moved to Augusta, Georgia. While there, she was able to spend more time with her nearby daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters and their husbands, and great-grandchildren.

Throughout her lifetime, Ruth was always creating. A homemaker throughout their marriage, Ruth’s beautiful home was the backdrop for countless family gatherings. An avid baker, her recipes are now family traditions. She was an exquisite artist who could paint or draw the tiniest of details to perfection. She instilled a love of needlework in her daughters and her projects have been proudly displayed in their homes for decades. Once the owner of a sewing machine store in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Ruth was a highly skilled seamstress who could make anything from simple patterns to elaborate dolls with wardrobes of clothing for her granddaughters. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and she lived to fill each season with cherished traditions, countless beautiful decorations, delicious foods, and a lifetime of memories.

Ruth peacefully entered into eternal rest at age 91 on September 24, 2020. She is preceded by the passing of her husband, Robert Kennedy Rand, their daughter, Jacqueline Rand, her parents, brother, and sisters. The legacy of her kindness, generosity, care, and love will live on through her family, which includes her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Rick Topf, Wendy and Bob Scopa, Barbara Rand and Bob Pegurri, and Carol and Peter Lovering; her granddaughters and their husbands, Melanie and Kris Lambert, Jennifer and Travis McGhee, and Jacqueline and Matthew Herzberg; and her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, Connor, and Harrison.

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Jacqueline Herzberg

October 2, 2020

Ruth was my grandmother, and we called her Grammy. Every time I heard the name "Grammy" it felt warm, sweet and inviting and she absolutely lived up to that title. One of my favorite memories of Grammy was at Christmas time many years ago, she gave me a beautiful doll that I named Scarlett, and one of Grammy's many talents was sewing, and she made an entire wardrobe for my doll, with little hangers to hang them on and everything. That doll was and is so special to me and I will always cherish it. Most years we would celebrate "Second Christmas" with Grammy and my aunt and uncle in Charlotte if they were unable to come to Augusta on December 25th, and boy could Grammy put on an amazing Christmas celebration, including a fully decked out feast. "Second Christmas" was often celebrated in late January and sometimes even in February to coordinate with all of our schedules, and even though it wasn't Christmas anywhere else in the world, it certainly was at Grammy's house, as if it was December 25th again. Some of my fondest childhood memories are with Grammy at her house in Charlotte. Our world is certainly not the same without her in it. What a beautiful gift we have in knowing that we will see our loved ones again in heaven and I know we will see you again one day, Grammy. We love you and miss you so much.

John Rand

October 1, 2020

My Dear Auntie Ruth, you were always so sweet and nice to be around. I remember when I would visit you guys on the weekends and hang around with Wendy and Barbara. We would go out clubbing and have a ball. Lots of Nice memories with Uncle Bob too. I’ll never forget the stack of Oreo cookies and the big glass of guzzling Milk. We would sit in the corner in his favorite chair and gobble down the Oreo’s and Gulp down the milk. Auntie Ruth would just look at the 2 of us shaking her head saying you two are so crazy.
Well I’m glad they are all together again. Dear Auntie Ruth I’ll miss your smile and Huge long hugs. I hope you are getting some Rest in Heaven trying to keeping Uncle Bob out of trouble ;-)

Jennifer Gibbs

October 1, 2020

My family had the pleasure of growing up next to the Rand's when they lived in Foxboro Massachusetts. Wendy, Carol and Barbara were our babysitters. We were so very lucky to have such a wonderful family living right next door. Mr. and Mrs. Rand were always so kind to all of us. I clearly remember being invited in any time to go into the basement where I would get to rearrange things in the biggest dollhouse I ever saw as well as climbing up on the bar to look for the kitten in the drop down ceiling. Some of my fondest memories growing up was with this very special family. Rest eternal PEACE with your daughter and beloved husband. You are home now! Love Jennifer Gibbs


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