Of Saugus. Died Friday, March 3rd, 2023, at Chestnut Woods Nursing Home at the age of 92. She was the wife of 31 years to the late Richard Christie. Born Ruth Lovett in Bangor, ME on April 25th, 1930, she graduated from Bangor High School in 1948 then went on to Boston and attended New England Baptist School of Nursing, graduating in 1951. She met and married the late Richard Christie in July 1952. She was a housewife and homemaker in her early married years raising her 3 children until the eldest son passed away from an enlarged heart at 21 and the Husband passed away from Leukemia at the age of 53. She would then go back into nursing at that time to continue to be able to take care of her then 8-year-old daughter (Marcia). With the assistance of many friends from the Church she was able to financially and emotionally provide for Marcia through her formative years. Ruth worked into her 80’s and was working at the former Hammersmith Nursing Home until she retired.
Her Son Brian moved back home in August of 2015 to assist Ruth in being able to stay at her home until COVID and other ailments finally took their toll on her in January of 2021. After a number of rehab stints, she was placed at Chestnut Woods Nursing Home in March of 2021 where she would eventually pass away.
Ruth Christie was a loving Wife and Mother as well as a caring Nurse and friend to anyone she met. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Saugus where she had many friends as well. She will be sorely missed by anyone who ever came in contact with her or was helped by her in any way.
She is survived by two children, Brian Christie of Peabody and Marcia Kercher and her husband Steven Kercher of Ipswich; Five grandchildren, Briana Christie of East Bridgewater, Meredith Kercher of Beverly, Myles Kercher, Timothy Kercher and Anna Kercher of Ipswich.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex Street, Saugus on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Burial at the request of the family will be private.