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Ruthane Hypes is making the social rounds in heaven, playing a little bridge, introducing new folks to old, making sure everyone else has what they need. Ruthane rejoined the love of her life, the late Richard G. Hypes, on August 26, 2017, in Beverly, Mass., leaving behind her children, grandchildren, great-grandsons, nieces, nephews, and treasured friends from all walks of life, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Born on December 7, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Ruthane was the daughter of the late Rev. T. Stacy Capers and Keene Hedges Capers. One of five children, she outlived all of her siblings and their spouses to become the true materfamilias of a family that ranges from Nairobi, Kenya, to Poipu, Hawaii. She grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pa., graduated from Highland Hall Preparatory School (where she still holds the high jump record), and received a B.S. in business from what is now Arcadia University in Philadelphia, Pa. She met her future husband while teaching in Boundbrook, N.J., and spurred by the bombing of Pearl Harbor on her birthday in 1941, they married three weeks later shared 63 wonderful years together.
Throughout her adult life in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Jamestown, N.Y.; and Blowing Rock, N.C.; Ruthane went beyond her role as wife, mother, and teacher to be recognized and valued for the genuine friendship, caring and love she gave, not only to her family, but also to everyone around her. Even in her eighties, after moving to Massachusetts to be near family, she created a wonderful circle of friends on the North Shore, at Landmark at Oceanview, where she lived for nearly a decade, and, finally, at Care One at Essex Park.
Mention Ruthane to those who knew her and they will tell stories of outrageous Halloween costumes, from a beet to a cheerleader on skis, of making snickerdoodles, and of her enthusiasm for a party of any kind. She was still swimming at 95, constantly rearranging her furniture, including a 125-pound recliner, and walking down to the beach as often as she could. She actually wore out the tires on her walker.
She is survived by her children, who, needless to say, had a hard time keeping up with her: Richard Hypes and his wife, Lori, of Sanibel, Fla., and Winnetka, Ill.; Shelby Hypes of Salem, Mass.; and Tary Beth Hypes and her husband, Kyle Martin, of Santa Cruz, Calif. In addition, she leaves three grandchildren, Jeffrey and his wife, Monique, Jessica and her husband, Scott Gavic, and Elizabeth; great-grandsons, Wells and Oliver Hypes; plus nieces, nephews, cousins, three adopted grandsons, and others too numerous to mention, but all loved beyond measure.
Her family wishes to thank the staff of Landmark at Oceanview, Element Care (PACE), and Care One at Essex Park for the incredibly dedicated, professional and loving care they extended to Ruthane over the years and particularly in the past year.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Essex Park Residents Activities Fund, 265 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915, or to a charity of your choice.
Published on  September 1, 2017
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