October 15, 1923 – May 28, 2012
ALLYN, Ruth Coakley, 88, of Gibsonton, died on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. Born October 15, 1923 in Utica, New York to Harry and Regina Coakley, Ruth grew up in Albany, New York where she attended the Academy of Holy Names and the College of Saint Rose. She met and married her husband, John Allyn, who preceded her in death. After a life as an Army officer’s spouse, she moved to Gibsonton in 1970 where she earned a Masters degree and served as a school teacher for many years at the Academy of Holy Names in Tampa. She was a member of Saint Stephen Catholic Church. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; an endearing lady who was selfless, kind, and inspirational to all. She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Foley; daughter, Diane Terhune; two sons, John and Terry Allyn; seven grandchildren, Terri Leto, Natalie Kozminsky, Jeffrey Allyn, Mary Garcia, Johnny, Bobby and Emily Allyn; and two great-grandchildren, Reagan Kozminsky, Sam Leto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LIfePath Hospice. Burial will be near her husband, John, at Arlington National Cemetery.
June 6, 2012
Ruth and I shared an office at the Academy of the Holy Names for a few years. But we shared more than that. Ruth shared herself with all who knew her. She was a patient and caring teacher, a true and enduring friend, an interesting and intelligent woman, and a lady with a true and gentle sense of humor. We shared many conversations about life and about her family, whom she treasured. I felt like I knew them all through her loving stories.
I know that Ruth lives on in all the students she taught and all who had the blessing to know her. She will be missed, but will live in our hearts always.
June 4, 2012
I remember Ruth well. I taught with her at the Academy for many years. She was always charming and full of life and fun. My husband and I had many happy times with Ruth and John at their home and ours. Even after we both retired, we would meet for lunch from time to time. She will be greatly missed