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Ruth C. Norris

July 10, 1925November 21, 2020

HYANNIS- Ruth C. Norris, 95, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Cape Cod Hospital.

Born July 10, 1925 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Middleboro, MA to Edna (Thomas) Cushing and Henry M. Cushing of Lakeville, MA. Ruth attended Lakeville Elementary Schools and graduated from Middleboro Memorial High School in 1943. Ruth graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State College in June 1947.

After college she taught school for 34 years in Baltimore, MD, Quincy, MA, Harwich, MA, Middleboro, MA and Barnstable, MA.

Ruth lived in Middleboro until 1956 when she married Bradford E. Norris, a Cape Cod native, and resided on Cape for 64 years. She was active for many years at the Federated Church of Hyannis. She was a Town Representative until it went to a Town Council form of government. Ruth was also very active with the Class of 1943 reunions of Middleboro High School.

After retirement, she and her dear friend, Helen Norton Blanchard, walked five days a week to Great Island in Hyannisport. Sadly, Ruth’s husband passed away in 1976. Her parents moved from their retirement home in Maine to be nearer to the family.

Ruth was also predeceased by her mother, Enda T. Cushing; her father, Henry M. Cushing; her sister, Anna Cushing Nourse; and nephews, David Cushing Nourse and Kendrick Henry Tribou. She is survived by her sister Mildred Tribou of Hyannis; her nieces Judith Nourse Butler, Gail Nourse Bernier both of Middleboro, and Michele Grace Tribou of Dennisport; and a nephew, Edward Douglas Tribou of Beverly. Ruth will be forever grateful to all her neighbors and friends for their kindness over the years. She is also survived by dear friends Craig and Peggy Ashworth and her special Ashworth grandchildren, Sarah McCarthy and William Ashworth.

A private interment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hyannis. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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Paul Blanchard

November 25, 2020

Aunt Ruth had a lifetime friendship with my mother Helen. I'm sure they are renewing their lifetime friendship together again with all their family and friends. A special and lovely person, she will always be near and dear to the Blanchard family. Rest in peace.
Paul & Kathy Blanchard

John Dooley

November 23, 2020

My father William Dooley grew up with Ruth along with Stu MacDonald. I would often stop in to visit Ruth at her house in Hyannis, was a lovely sweet woman. May she Rest In Peace. John Dooley

Wendy Kapp

November 23, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Norris’ passing. She was my second grade teacher at BWB elementary, more than 50 years ago. It really speaks to the impression she made on me that I still remember her. She was a very special person, with a passion for teaching. God Bless. Wendy

Doug Blanchard

November 22, 2020

Aunt Ruth certainly had a long and amazing friendship with my Mom. I trust you 2 are walking together again. With fond memories.
Doug and Karen Blanchard


November 21, 2020

Auntie, You will be Forever in our Hearts. We love you and will miss you Dearly - Eddie & Darlene Tribou


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