Ruth (Shultz) Stan­ley, for­merly of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Ruth (Shultz) Stan­ley died peace­fully at White Horse Vil­lage in New­town Square, PA on Oc­to­ber 21, 2016 at the age of 96.

Ruth is sur­vived by her two chil­dren, Gene Stan­ley and his part­ner Na­hama Rein­herz of Brookline, MA and Craig Stan­ley and his wife He­len of Mid­dle­ton, MA; her four grand­chil­dren, Jan­nah Stan­ley and her hus­band Dan Pritchard of Port­land, CT, Michael Stan­ley and his wife Pam of New York City, Rachel (Stan­ley) Brown and her hus­band Dwight of New­ton, MA and Jes­sica Stan­ley and her part­ner Tyler Asher of Ta­hoe City, CA; sis­ter-in-law Ir­m­gard Shultz of Huntsville, AL, wife of the late Ben­nie Shultz; her four great grand­chil­dren Idahlia, Pene­lope, Grant and Pierce; and many nieces and neph­ews. She is pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Harry Stan­ley, her par­ents Ben­nie and Au­drey Shultz, her sis­ters Evalee Ho­man and Marie Kukuk and her brother Ben­nie Shultz.

Ruth was born on Septem­ber 15, 1920 in Norman, OK. She grad­u­ated from Ok­la­homa Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in physics and a mas­ter’s de­gree in math­e­mat­ics. She mar­ried Harry Stan­ley and lived in sev­eral places be­fore set­tling in West Ch­ester, PA in 1950. Ruth be­gan a pro­fes­sor­ship in math­e­mat­ics at West Ch­ester Univer­sity in 1959, where she taught over 6,000 stu­dents, re­tir­ing in 1986 and named Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus. Her chil­dren re­mem­ber her as a kind, gen­tle, self­less and gen­er­ous mother who en­cour­aged them to pur­sue their goals and pas­sions. She was a lov­ing, ex­cep­tional role model over the years to ev­ery­one who knew her.

Ruth loved play­ing pi­ano, trav­el­ing, dis­cussing pol­i­tics and read­ing her daily New York Times. Most of all, she loved spend­ing time with her chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. She was a tire­less vol­un­teer at the Ch­ester County Hos­pi­tal, the League of Women Vot­ers, Meals on Wheels and White Horse Vil­lage, where she lived for over 21 years. Ruth was also a pas­sion­ate mem­ber of many groups pro­mot­ing world peace. She was the last sur­viv­ing char­ter mem­ber of the Uni­tar­ian Con­gre­ga­tion of West Ch­ester.

A Memo­rial Cel­e­bra­tion of Life is sched­uled for Mon­day, Novem­ber 7 at 1:00pm at White Horse Vil­lage and will be of­fi­ci­ated by Rev­erend Beth Lawn with a re­cep­tion to fol­low. All are wel­come to at­tend and cel­e­brate Ruth’s life. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial do­na­tions may be made to “WCU Foun­da­tion”, Memo Line: “Math­e­mat­ics Schol­ar­ship En­dow­ment”, PO Box 541, West Ch­ester, PA 19381. Con­do­lence mes­sages may be left in the on­line guest­book at www.DeBap­tiste.com. The fam­ily thanks the skilled nurs­ing staff of White Horse Vil­lage and Heart­land Hos­pice for their ex­cep­tional care and ded­i­ca­tion.

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