SALEM — Ruth Henning, 99, was awarded Salem’s Boston Post Cane yesterday at Windham Terrace.
Henning was born in Methuen Jan. 16, 1914, and grew up in Lawrence.
She graduated from Lawrence High School and Cannon’s Commercial College in Lawrence. She worked at Homeowner’s Loan Coop and Avco.
Henning played the organ at Central Methodist Church in Lawrence for 15 years.
After her mother died in 1948, Henning and her father moved to Salem to live with her sister, Martha Foley. She started paying the organ for First Congregational Church in the 1960s and became choir master there, too.
She was very active in the church, also serving as church council secretary, church treasurer and a member of Philatea. For 18 years, from 1986 to 2004, she played the organ for every service, never missing a single week.
Today, she enjoys her extended family, which includes five nieces, seven grand-nieces and numerous great-grand nieces and nephews.
Salem’s Boston Post Cane program was inactive from the 1970s until 2005, when senior services director Patti Drelick resurrected it. Henning is the fifth recipient of the cane since the program resumed.