EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 13, 2012

Ruth Gilchrist, 102

North Andover — Ruth (Beattie) Gilchrist 102, of North Andover died Saturday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Ruth was born in Lawrence Massachusetts on November 22, 1909 to the late John T. and Louisa (Berry) Beattie.

Ruth was raised in North Andover until the age of eleven. During that time she attended the Union School and then the Bradstreet School. It was at this time that she, along with her family moved to Newburgh New York. It was in Newburgh that she learned to drive a car and ride horses.

Ruth and her family returned to the area at the end of her freshman year and settled in Methuen. She was a graduate of Searles High School class of 1928. She graduated with high honors from Cannons Commercial College. She was employed as a secretary to a chemist at the Arlington Mill for ten years until leaving to start a family with her husband.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother and cherished life. Ruth had a strong religious faith and taught religious education in South Lawrence for twenty five years. She was always happy and had a song or poem for every occasion. Ruth performed in musicals throughout her life at various churches, helping to raise money for church expenses. She also enjoyed her home at Wells Beach Maine.

The widow of the late Carl W. Gilchrist, Ruth is survived by her daughter, Janet Strobel and her husband Kenneth of North Andover, her three grandchildren Richard C. Strobel, Kendra L. Strobel and Deborah E. Messineo, as well as her five great grandchildren. Ruth was predeceased by her brother Ralph Beattie, her three sisters, Evelyn Hollins , Avis Pickles as well as her infant sister Esther.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 10 AM at the Conte Funeral Home 28 Florence Street Andover. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Congregational Church Elevator Fund 198 South Broadway Lawrence MA. or to the charity of one's choice.

For directions or to offer on-line condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com