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Ruth V. (Lindgren) Stevens, 87, wife of the late Philip W. Stevens, died in her home Monday, February 6, 2017, following her brief illness.
Born in Ipswich, she was the daughter of the late Hilmer H. and Grace (Whittier) Lindgren. Following graduation from Ipswich High School in 1947 and Salem Teacher’s College in 1951, she moved to Marblehead where she taught school.
Ruth married in 1953 and settled in Wenham, where in addition to raising a family, she was very active in church and town affairs. For many years she taught school in both Hamilton and Wenham. Ruth served as the Director of the WVIS playground for sixteen years and was Voter Registrar for fifteen years. She was a fifty-year member of the First Church in Wenham, where she served as their financial secretary. She was also a dedicated volunteer at the Wenham Museum and the Ipswich Visitor Center. Ruth was an avid birder and member of the Audubon Society. She was fond of children and enjoyed entertaining in her home and garden.
She is survived by three sons, Philip W. Stevens, Jr. of Hamilton, Richard C. Stevens and his wife, Roslyn of Washington, DC, and Bradford W. Stevens and his wife, Bridget of Amesbury; two grandchildren, Timothy W. and Alyssa M. Stevens, both of Amesbury; a sister, Charlotte H. Winslow of Auburndale; a brother, David T. Lindgren and his wife, Dora of Washington, DC; a sister-in-law, Ann McAniff of Amesbury; and many nephews and nieces.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11, in the First Church in Wenham, Main Street (Route 1A), Wenham. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Her interment in the Wenham Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  February 8, 2017
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