Obituary: Ruth Hildreth

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 7:11pm

Ruth “Pokie” Rathbone Hildreth, 90, wife of Edward Whitaker Hildreth of Gloucester, Mass., formerly of Mystic, Conn., passed away at her home on Sunday, December 16.

Ruth was born in Palmer, Mass., on December 14, 1922, daughter of the late James Rathbone and Lillian Lyons Rathbone.

Ruth grew up in Palmer. She was a graduate of Abbot Academy and Briarcliff College. She was a model in New York City during WWII, where she met her husband Ed. They married in New York City on November 9, 1945.

In addition to New York City and Palmer, she had resided in Monson, Mass., Old Saybrook, Conn., Block Island, Mystic, Conn., and finally Gloucester, Mass. She had a great passion for gardening, playing the piano, and being on the water sailing with Ed. She and Ed loved traveling aboard cruise ships, including a four-month circumnavigation, a trip up the Amazon River, and several excursions to Bermuda, Europe, and the Caribbean. Ruth was a very loving wife and mother who possessed a great sense of humor and love of life.

She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Kathleen Barnes and her husband Eugene F. Barnes III of Gloucester; granddaughter Glendon Barnes, of Blue Hill, Maine; one niece, Paula Rathbone; three nephews: Stephen, Rick, and Edwin Rathbone; sister-in-law Connie Rathbone; and several grand nieces and nephews.

Her husband Edward W. Hildreth, three brothers Edwin, Fred, and James Rathbone, sister-in-law Muriel Rathbone, and niece Pamela Rathbone Bilton predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held on January 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester, Mass. Visiting hours will be held before, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, please visit: