Ruth Grimshaw Con­klin

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & OBITUARIES -

Ruth Grimshaw Con­klin, 90, of Wilm­ing­ton, DE, died on Au­gust 5, 2016 at her home at Coun­try House. Ruth grew up in Hol­lis, NY (Long Is­land) and was a grad­u­ate of Skid­more Col­lege (Bach­e­lor of Arts in English, 1947). Her mar­riage that year to Roger Con­klin, a chem­i­cal engi­neer with Dupont, took her ini­tially to Pennsville, NJ, and Wilm­ing­ton, DE, then later to Geneva, Switzer­land, and Akron, Ohio, be­fore re­turn­ing to Del­a­ware in 1971. Liv­ing in Geneva and trav­el­ing through­out Europe was the high­light of Ruth’s life. She loved to travel, a pas­sion that led to many ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures for Ruth and Roger, in­clud­ing sell­ing their Wilm­ing­ton home in 1993 and spend­ing five years roam­ing the United States and Canada in a 40 foot mo­torhome. Sum­mers al­ways found them on their is­land in the North Coun­try of New York State.

Ruth loved na­ture and gar­den­ing. She loved classical mu­sic. She was pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics and hu­man rights. She at­tended church ev­ery Sunday that she was able and was a mem­ber at Concord Pres­by­te­rian Church at the time of her death. Ed­wards United Methodist (Ed­wards, NY), Elk­ton Pres­by­te­rian and Red Clay Creek Pres­by­te­rian churches were all very im­por­tant to her.

Ruth was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Roger in Jan. 2007 and by her son Roger Jr. in Dec. 2004. She is sur­vived by her daughter Ju­dith Barnes and hus­band John of Wilm­ing­ton; grand­chil­dren Kelly (Zach) Winters, An­nie (Blake) Roof and Mark (Crys­tal) Con­klin, along with their mother, Norma Carey; and great grand­daugh­ters Abby, Missy, Lily, Jes­sica, Ellie and Nora.

Her fam­ily is grate­ful for the lov­ing care the won­der­ful staff at Coun­try House gave Ruth over the last seven years, and also for the sup­port given by Com­pas­sion­ate Care Hospice.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Tues­day, Au­gust 30, 3 p.m. at Concord Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1800 Fair­fax Blvd., Wilm­ing­ton, DE, where friends may call af­ter 2 p.m. A re­cep­tion in Fel­low­ship Hall will fol­low the ser­vice. Ruth’s ashes will be buried on the fam­ily is­land.

Please send memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions to: The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy, 4245 N Fair­fax Dr., Suite 100, Ar­ling­ton VA 22203.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit Chan­dler­fu­neral home.com.

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