Ruth W. Maynard
July 1, 1928 – November 1, 2020
Ruth (Adams) White Maynard, 92, died on November 1, 2020. She was born July 1, 1928, in Wakefield, MA, to Donald and Ruth (Haseltine) White.
She graduated from Wakefield High School, attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky in 1951. She also did graduate work at the Universities of Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
Mrs. Maynard taught music in Kalamazoo, MI, music and English in the Harlan County School system, Harlan, KY, English at Reading Memorial High School, Reading, Massachusetts, prior to coming to Connecticut where she taught music at Franklin Elementary School for nineteen years. After retiring from teaching in 1990, she was employed by Sears, Roebuck and Company for 16 years. Mrs. Maynard was the organist for several local churches including Mohegan Congregational Church, Church of the Resurrection, Mystic Methodist Church, and United Methodist Church of New London. She was also a cellist and a singer and sang with the Ledyard Ecumenical chorus where she frequently sang the contralto solos.
Mrs. Maynard was a member of Taftville Congregational Church, a life-time member of the Mohegan Fire Company Women's Auxiliary, a life-time member of Phi Beta Fraternity for the Performing Arts, the former president of the Pi Iota Eta alumni chapter of Connecticut, a member of the Hummel Collector’s Club, and former president of the Rose City Chapter. She was also a life-time member of the University of Kentucky Alumni.
Mrs. Maynard was a direct descendent of Myles Standish and John Alden of Mayflower fame. She enjoyed gardening and traveled to Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and many times to Europe. She also excelled in various kinds of handwork.
She was predeceased by her husband, John N. Maynard, Jr., on February 15, 1997. Survivors include a son, Robert Maynard of Colchester, and his wife Denise; a daughter, Barbara Cameron of Sterling, AK, and her husband Nelson; a stepson, James Maynard of New London; a sister, Jean Byrne of Maryville, TN; a sister-in-law, Virginia White of Cooperstown, NY; a grandson, Robert Maynard, Jr., of Derry, NH; a granddaughter, Cassandra Maynard of Beverly, MA; a step-grandson, Justin Cameron of Martinsville, VA, and his wife Jessica and their daughter Amelia; her close friends Theresa, Charlene, and Anne, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert White and Edson White; a sister, Carol Latorraca; and two brothers-in-law, Rocco Latorraca and Arthur Byrne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mohegan Fire Company or the Taftville Congregational Church.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, November 12, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 13, at 11am, at the Taftville Congregational Church, 16 North B Street, Taftville. Masks and social distancing will be required at both events. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.
Calling Hours / Visitation
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Ruth W. Maynard
November 12, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Maynard family.
I looked forward to her visits and have fond memories of Aunt Ruth telling stories of growing up in Wakefield, of her travels abroad, of her children’s accomplishments. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren.
She had a calm, practical, no-nonsense approach to problems. When I was worried about my son whose teacher diagnosed him with ADHD, Aunt Ruth told me not to worry... he was a boy. She advised me to let him run and play, then sit him down to study. She assured me that when he got older, this would all change. She was right!
Her kindness and sense of humor will be remembered.
Love and prayers.
November 10, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the Maynard family. I have thought of you every day since I learned the news.
In addition to absolutely loving the family reunions with the 3 sisters, 2 brothers and loads of cousins (Whites and Southworths), and remembering those events fondly, I also remember the summer I stayed with Aunt Ruth and my cousins on Golden Pond. I learned to water ski (and had lots of bruises to show for it), and went to her favorite ice cream place. Lots of love in the family and it was shared generously with others.
Hope she and Mom and the rest of the family are catching up and smiling down on all of us.
November 5, 2020
Barbara, Nelson and family,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Always cherish the good times.