Ruth Crosby Southwick
May 22, 1930 – April 30, 2021
An Angel, A devoted wife, a loving mother, A proud grandmother, a happy great-grandmother, A friend. A dutiful daughter, a caring sister, a respected aunt, A committed Christian, a breathtaking soprano, a child of God, ...Mom.
Proverbs 31: 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Born in Goffstown, NH, Ruth’s family moved often. Her father, Carl, and mother, Marion, lived in many places with their six children. The fondest of all was Hollis, Maine, where she met the love of her life.
Her father called her “my little Ruthie.” She absolutely loved her name and its biblical heritage. Her husband, Dwight, called her “Ruthie.” She was “Nana, Nana-Ruth, Nana-Southwick,” She was loved by all, especially by those who called her “mom.”
She is survived by her husband, Dwight, and her six children; Dwight Jr., Mary Lee, Jim, Nancy, Bruce, and Ted, and her two sisters; Ann Louise and Lillian. The love she showed will never be forgotten.
Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us,… 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise
Ruth was part of a remarkable, musically gifted family. She traveled throughout the Northeast singing. She had an angelic soprano voice. Her voice carried deep expressions of grief, joy, and love. One famous musical production featured Ruth’s family in a truly memorable way. On Sunday night, December 20th, 1953, Ruth sang in a production of Handel’s Messiah at the First Methodist Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. Performing with her was her father Carl Crosby, her brothers Russell and Herb, and her sisters Ann Louise and Lillian.
Dwight and Ruth were married in 1954 after Dwight returned from the Korean War. Thus began one of the sweetest love stories. For 66 years, Ruth was devoted to Dwight and their family. Dwight was head over heels in love with Ruth since the day he met her at Hollis High School. She and Dwight raised 6 wonderful children. They were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Throughout her life, she used her musical voice and ability to bless so many others. She played the piano and sang in the choir at church services for Willington Baptist and Eastford Baptist Church. Her rendition of “Sleep Soldier Boy” at the Memorial Day parade in Willington, CT was truly moving. She sang countless solos and duets. And every night she would play and sing hymns for her children as they drifted off to sleep.
Joshua 24:15…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Her sincere desire was to tell all her friends about the love of Jesus. She wanted them to know that Jesus had died on the cross to bear the burden for our sins, so we could live forever in God’s grace and loving hands. Through her final breath, she loved her family, husband, and mostly, God. With a smile on her face, and with her family at her side, she moved on to her eternal home with Jesus, in warmth and love forever. She was an amazing Christian, adoring wife, loving mother, and loyal friend.
An Angel (unknown author)
An angel lived among us, A gift from God above. She showered us with kindness and shared with us her love. She cherished every moment With the man who was her life; Walking hand in hand together, Facing life with all its strife. She loved her children dearly, Each one a different way, Nestled close within her heart. Though, now, she’s far away. She’s gone to live with Jesus. But, she’s here with us, today, Smiling down on every one of us, And telling us she’s O.K.
What is left behind?
Most everything washes away in its season; Our possessions, and dreams, ...our loved ones When all we see is but a barren land, Hope springs eternal … Faith blossoms
God has remained, his message is there The Lord like a mighty mountain can be seen through the mist A message, a reason, a home, a way …is what is left behind.
When my time has come, I might wish for many things, But when I close my eyes, I would wish that the last sounds I hear, is my Mom’s angelic voice singing “The Old Rugged Cross” And the soothing voice of my Dad, praying in God’s almighty ear.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, May 8th, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1505 West Street, Southington, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that charitable donations be made to Elim Park at https://give.elimpark.org/give/209969/#!/donation/checkout
Celebration of Life
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Central Baptist Church
Ruth Crosby Southwick
Walt and Grace Thompson
May 6, 2021
Ruth was an amazing woman who dearly loved the Lord. We loved to listen to her sing but even more so hear about how much she loved the Lord and her family. Our prayers are with Dwight and her family at this time.
May 5, 2021
She was my second Mom. She taught me so much, I can't even begin to say how she changed my life except how to Hug people. Hugs are so important and kisses. I have never let that go.
May 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to her husband, children and sisters. I loved her dearly.
May 4, 2021
Joy and I had many memorable dinners with Dwight and Ruth. My early memory of Ruth is her singing at my brother's wedding. Our paths didn't cross much after that due to our travels but it was a wonderful surprise to find out that they had become residents of Elim Park. That is where the dinners occurred.
Ruth was always so pleasant, friendly, smiling, and inquisitive. Those dinners were filled with memories and laughs. She will be missed. We are thankful for the short time we were able to be reacquainted with her.
Janet and Bill Brennan
May 4, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to the Southwick Family. May she sing with the angels and rest in peace.
Bill and Janet