Ruth Beckwith

July 12, 1906January 16, 2011

Ruth W. Beckwith, 104, died Sunday evening at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center in Niantic.

She was born July 12, 1906 in Plymouth, CT, the daughter of Charles B. Watrous and Annie Webster Watrous. The family moved to Niantic in 1918.

She graduated from Chapman Technical High School, Class of 1924 and attended the University of Connecticut, majoring in dietetics.

On December 31, 1928, she married Dwight W. Beckwith. He predeceased her in 1962. She was also predeceased by a brother Herbert N. Watrous who died in 1934 and a sister Meriam Watrous who died in 1911.

She is survived by a son Wilbur Beckwith of Niantic, a daughter Margaret B. Stone and her spouse Fred W. Stone of Gales Ferry, a granddaughter Nancy Taylor and her spouse Geoffrey Taylor of New London, her grandson Scott MacDonald of Waveland, MS, her two great grandchildren Corey Perkins of Bangor, ME and Amy Perkins of Washington, DC.

Ruth was a member of the Niantic Community Church since 1921, the Friends of Smith-Harris and the East Lyme Historical Society.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 22nd at 2pm in the Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic. A reception will follow at the church. In case of inclement weather call the church at 860-739-6208 to confirm that the service will be held.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01805-0105, The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111-1593 or to Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic, CT 06357-2518. To sign the on line guest book visit


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ruth Beckwith

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Carol and Chip Hallas

February 2, 2011

It is hard to believe that Ruth is no longer with us after all these years. Our sincere sympathy.
Carol and Chip Hallas

Joan Weigle

January 22, 2011

To Wilbur, Peg and the family we offer our deep sympathy at this time of bereavement. We also honor Ruth's amazing long life. God bless and comfort you all. Joan and Fran Weigle (Quaker Hill)


January 21, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Albert & Frances Corey Jr

January 20, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 19, 2011

My deepest sympathy to your family.

Athena Dousis Cone

Stephanie Meaney

January 19, 2011

"GRANDMA" has always held a special place in my heart. She called me "COUSIN". I will miss her dearly.