Ruth Bogle

January 25, 1923May 4, 2018

Ruth Coombs Bogle, age 95, passed away at her home in Little Compton, RI surrounded by her loving family. Devoted to each other, Ruth and Robert C. Bogle were married 60 years before his passing in 2005.

Born Ruth Louise, in Fall River to Leslie Briggs and Charlotte C. (Smith) Coombs, she and her parents moved to Westborough MA for a time before returning to Fall River permanently. She spent memorable days as a child at the Briggs family homestead and wonderful summers at the “cottage” with her husband and children. The early years of raising her family included living in Somerset and Fall River MA and Sevier NC before the move to Pittsfield MA in 1955. Ruth and Bob retired from many happy years in Pittsfield and became permanent residents of Little Compton in 1979.

A graduate of Smith College, Class of 1944, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in music. Right out of college she taught first grade for a year in Washington, D.C. Her teaching tenure in Pittsfield began as director of the “Tiny Tots” pre-school program at the Girls’ Club. Then, beloved Mrs. Bogle began teaching at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, MA. Her first year there she taught fourth grade and then devoted the rest of her twelve years to teaching first grade. After moving to Little Compton, she became a substitute teacher at the Wilbur & McMahon School.

Her marriage was a true love story and her love of family knew no bounds, she embraced friends and community with kindness, compassion and generosity. She owned Briggs Beach, Little Compton, in the family since 1683. Along with her husband, she ran the business for many years. She honored her inheritance and was a devoted steward of the land. She loved the ocean, spending time with her family at the beach and looking out to the Lion Rock.

A skilled musician on the piano and organ, she was a longtime member of the choir and oratorio choirs at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield, MA. She sang in the choir and rang in the bell choir at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton and also joined in with the Tiverton Community choir. She launched the fundraising program to buy a new organ for the church and traveled to Italy to see it being built. The Christian Education Center at the United Congregational Church was dedicated to Ruth and Robert Bogle for their commitment to the Sunday school program. She loved swimming, enjoyed playing Bridge and had great times playing Mahjong with a “great bunch of gals”.

She is survived by four daughters, Carol B. Appleton and her husband Charles, Nancy B. and Weems Westfeldt, Susan B. Finnegan and her husband James J, Leslie B. Wilson and her husband Keith, one son, CAPT Ronald C. Bogle, USN (Ret) and his wife Jane; ten grandchildren, Robert, Scott, Kathryn, Alexander, Linda, James, Cary, Benjamin, Patrick, and Dylan; fourteen great grandchildren, Tyler, Evan, Ryan, Connor, Juliana, Virginia, John, Theodore, Duke, Camdyn, Meryck, Briggs, Eloise and Sidney; and three nephews, Bill, Peter and Dana Bogle. She was the mother of the late Linda Bogle and grandmother of the late Wallace Briggs Westfeldt.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the United Congregational Church, The Commons, Little Compton, RI, 02873. Contributions may be made in her honor to The Ruth C. Bogle Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Wilbur & McMahon Schools, 28 Commons, Little Compton, RI 02837 and/or United Congregational Church. For tributes and directions,


  • The Ruth C. Bogle Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • United Congregational Church


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Bear and Carol Willard

June 10, 2018

Oh my..... just learned of Ruth's passing on to a better place. Our hearts, prayers and good wishes go out to the whole wonderful, large, and fun-loving Bogle Clan! . We have so many treasured memories of your Mom and Dad, their always gracious greetings; the many parties, celebrations, and just plain fun, spent on Briggs Beach with you, our Family, Extended-Family and Friends. Thanks for these!

We expect you celebrated the life of Ruth with many tears but with a little joy for her thrown in as well - Ruth will always be there with you in Spirit! Faith, Trust, Love, and Hope win the day! Sincerely, and with a gentle-virtual Bear Hug to each one of you. Bear and Carol

Jacqueline Salvo

June 7, 2018

Dearest Family,

The Salvo family would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of a true legend in Ruth. We, as a family have had over 50 years of joy as well as the pleasure of Ruth’s efforts and foresight’s in preserving one of the most beautiful natural treasures in Rhode Island. We will always remember her strong will and commitment to Briggs beach and be forever grateful for the joy of being part the the Briggs beach family.

With grace & peace,

The Salvo’s

John Chlebek

May 16, 2018

To the entire Bogle Family:

Maureen and I first met your mother in 1990 as prospects for the beach. She couldn't have been more welcoming to two strangers. We both remember how she took out "the book" to enter our information.
She was always so kind whenever we had an interaction with her. Her personality seemed to match the tranquility of the beach.

Our condolences go out to you all as you remember her life.

The Chlebek Family

John, Maureen, Carolyn, & Brittany

liz waring

May 12, 2018

My sympathy to you. As you gather to celebrate Ruth's life, may you share many treasured
memories. Though I only met Ruth and Bob occasionally, I was always struck by their
sincerity and kind manners. What a wonderful example of deep family values and bonds, and dedicated to church and community. Ruth's obituary is a glimpse into her wonderful life. My husband, Sumner James Waring, Jr. "Jim" (who passed on 2010) always spoke warmly
of them.
Sincerely, Liz Waring

Ron Pike

May 8, 2018

Love to the Family!
Ruth was a Great Woman!
Always Enjoyed Spending Time at Family Functions and Seeing Her Smile. She was Always So Positive and Caring💛😇
Kiss and A Hug Sent To Heaven For Her!
From Ronnie Pike

Dianne and Normand Fontaine

May 8, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about your mom. I know you will have a vast void and miss her everyday but you will have your many memories to help you through it..... forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.

Gale & Eddie Pacheco

May 8, 2018

Leslie and Keith- Our condolences to you and your family. Losing a mom is one of the most difficult things in life. You all have a lifetime of great memories!


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