OBITUARY

Ruth S. Atkinson

December 7, 1920April 30, 2013

Ruth S. Atkinson, of Dartmouth, passed away on April 30, 2013. Daughter of Hazel P. Tripp and Walter W. Atkinson, sister of Hope Atkinson, Ruth Showalter Atkinson was born in New Bedford where she attended New Bedford public schools. In her childhood and youth she summered in the South Dartmouth summer colony of Bay-View, as had her mother before her. She attended The Swain School of Design in New Bedford and then became the manager of the art supply department at Akin-Denison Company an old established firm in New Bedford. When in 1955, after 106 years in business, Akin-Denison closed its doors, Miss Atkinson opened a business under her name where she added fabrics and wallpaper to her line. At this time she leased a small area in another old New Bedford firm, Cromwell’s Art Store, a framer located on the corner of Pleasant and Spring Streets in New Bedford. In 1967, she expanded her business in a move to Elm Street in South Dartmouth. At that time, she offered full interior decorating services. Although semi-retired in 1980, Miss Atkinson continued to maintain her decorating business working from home. In time, many of her clients were third generation members of families with whom she had worked through the early years of her business. Ruth Atkinson was well-known for her innate sense of color and her excellent taste. She was highly respected among her peers in the field of decorative arts. Ruth Atkinson was well-known for her charming small watercolors painted during her various travels. She exhibited at the French Library in Boston, Alliance Francaise in Washington, DC, Westport Art Group and Nonquitt. In the early 70’s, Ruth and her sister moved to Russells Mills and became full-time Dartmouth residents. She was very active with Louise Strongman in Girl Scout Mariners and served as Skipper of the Mariner Ship LAGODA. As a Mariner, Ruth was privileged to take several coastal voyages with world-famous sailor Irving Johnson aboard his Brigantine YANKEE. These cruises were the start of a life-long friendship with the Johnsons. After their Mariner years, she sailed with YANKEE in Europe both in France and on the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Late in the 70’s and into the 90’s she and her sister chartered their own small cruiser in France. They ran it themselves with Hope as Captain and Ruth as Crew/Cook. They completed their 19th such adventure on the rivers and canals of France in 1999. Miss Atkinson was a charter member and past-president of Paskamansett Bird Club. She was a charter member of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, Westport Historical Society and the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies. She was a life-long member of Old Dartmouth Historical Society. She was also a charter member of Friends of Dartmouth Libraries and was an active member of Allen’s Neck Community Club serving as its President for several years. She was a member of the French Library and Cultural Center as well as a member of the Bierstadt Society and Westport Art Group. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, 404 Elm St., Dartmouth, MA 02748, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 or The Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, 430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748. Her funeral services are private.

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Gerrit Beneker

June 7, 2013

Dear Hope,
I can understand missing Ruthie.
Soon, Connie's house will be sold.
Gerry

Cathleen Carr

June 2, 2013

May God keep you in His Arms forever,

Cathleen Carr

June 2, 2013

Dear Hope: I met your sister Ruth as a young child. She was extremely influential in my life. She introduced me to the great art of bird watching. She was so patient and kind and knowledgeable. When I moved to CA I carried my love of birds with me and became a docent at Malibu Creek State Park. I led many a bird watching walk and because of her selfless act many fledgling bird watchers were born! I am so sorry for your loss and wish I had been able to speak with her one last time. I wanted to let her know what a great influence she had on my entire life that continues to this day. God Bless you and you family. Cathleen Carr

May 6, 2013

Dear Hope I was sad to hear of your loss-you both were such a nice part of my childhood in Bay View. My condolences and prayers. Dianne Monjeau Wilkinson

Sally Billington

May 6, 2013

Dear Hope,
I also am so sorry to hear about Ruth. Many of my favorite memories while growing up include you, Ruth and Louise. I feel very fortunate to have had the wonderful adventures through Mariners as well as the knowledge you three taught us not only about boating but life in general. Thanks to all three of you.
With Sympathy,
Sally Billington

Peter Nicholson

May 5, 2013

May 05, 2013
Dear Hope,
I was so sorry to read of the death of your sister Ruth. My memories go back to the early 1950's at the Mariners' Street Fair on Water Street where I believe I first met both of you or maybe at the Yacht Club when we first moved in.
Sailing in Buzzards Bay out and about with you and Miss Strongman and later on with Deacon Gifford, at Swain School and DNRT events she was always the same- unfailingly gracious, intelligent and always curious about what was happening in our community.
In later years I enjoyed representing her very much knowing that if things became problematic, invariably her generous temperament would result in a good outcome of the situation.
You will surely miss her the most of all of us.
Fondly,
Peter Nicholson

May 5, 2013

I was very fortunate to have known Ruth and Hope Atkinson while we were all Mariner Scouts, under the tutelage of Louise Strongman, Mariner leader. Never having sailed the seas, we were very fortunate to sail aboard the "Yankee", with Irving Johnsone way and his family, and our Mariner family, all the way to Nova Scotia and back! Years later, I was as fortunate to meet Ruth once again----at the Dartmouth Senior Center, enjoying the calming and balancing effects of Tai Chi, then meeting at Sunnyside for expresso and then proceeding to remembering days of yore! Farewell, Geraldine De Mello Frates

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