Ruth Stiles Cutcliffe, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who lived in Naples, Florida and Osterville, died on October 4. She was 80.
“The biggest night of my life was the night we met,” said William “Bill” Cutcliffe, recalling the moment in 1952 when he met the radiant and sophisticated junior at Reading High School.
High school sweethearts, the pair married in 1956.
Ruth Cutcliffe, born in Medford in 1935, was well known for her tireless spirit. As a young girl, she was often spotted with a roller skate key around her neck.
A vibrant and upbeat mother of three boys, Ruth Cutcliffe loved to bake bread, compete with family members in fierce ping-pong matches and tend to her garden.
“She had the greenest thumb,” said her youngest son, David Cutcliffe. “She could make anything grow, and thrive.”
An accomplished artist, she loved to paint, dance and knit.
Ruth Cutcliffe received her R.N. degree from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. She also earned her Real Estate Broker’s license, and went on to become the top salesperson in the Capital District of New York in the late 1980s.
She was a proud and active member of the North Naples Methodist Church, the Osterville Methodist Church, the Osterville Garden Club, the Wianno Club and the Beach Club in Centerville.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Steven Edward Cutcliffe, his wife Janet, and their children Matthew and Catherine, all of Corte Madera, California and Dr. David Arthur Cutcliffe, his wife Sara, and his children Emily and Mitchell, all of Elkhart, Indiana; and her sisters, Priscilla Poehler and Muriel Ellis, and her sister-in-law, Nancy Turner. Her eldest son, Scott Thomas Cutcliffe, predeceased her. She was the sister of the late Arthur Stiles Jr.
Visiting hours will be from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, October 9 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Route 28), Marstons Mills, MA, 02648. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10th at Osterville United Methodist Church, 57 Pond Street in Osterville. Burial is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA, 01701 or www.cancer.org.