• Anna Ruth Eshom

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS -

Anna Ruth Eshom, 98, passed away Au­gust 27, 2017 at Stone­bridge at Mont­gomery in Skill­man, NJ. Born April 27, 1919 in Spring City, PA., she was the daugh­ter of Harry J. and Anna R. Con­well. At age five she moved to Prospect Park, PA, where she lived for 80 years.

Anna was the salu­ta­to­rian of her class of 1936 at Prospect High School, and at­tained a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts de­gree in teach­ing from Moore Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Philadel­phia in 1941. Also in 1941 she met her hus­band, Boatswain Mate Chief Clarence Clay­ton Eshom, at a USO dance. After a four year war sep­a­ra­tion, they were mar­ried in 1946 at Prospect United Methodist Church.

Anna taught art to all ages, but she par­tic­u­larly loved her 17 years at In­ter­boro High School in Glenolden, PA. She de­vel­oped an ex­cel­lent pro­gram which pre­pared many for art ca­reers, and is fondly re­mem­bered for her ac­cept­ing, lov­ing in­flu­ence on her stu­dents. She was rec­og­nized with a “Pro­fes­sional Achieve­ment Award” from Moore Col­lege in 1997, was in­ducted into the In­ter­boro Hall of Fame in 2007, and has been hon­ored by a for­mer stu­dent with an art schol­ar­ship in her name given to an In­ter­boro grad­u­ate each year.

After re­tire­ment in 1981 Anna and Clarence trav­eled the coun­try in their airstream trailer.

Clarence passed away in 1985 and Anna then de­voted her time to her church, friends, and gar­den. In 2004 she moved to Stone­bridge, where she quickly made new friends and re­sumed her ca­reer at age 86 by teach­ing a draw­ing class to her fel­low res­i­dents.

Anna’s mem­ory will be cher­ished by her sur­vivors, daugh­ter Car­lana Sargent and hus­band Dou­glas, grand­daugh­ter Amy Rice and hus­band Sean, grand­son Alexan­der Sargent and wife Lana, great grand­chil­dren Christo­pher Rice, Erica Rice, James Sargent, and Ben­jamin Sargent, and many cousins, friends, and stu­dents.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Anna’s life with re­cep­tion fol­low­ing will be held at Stone­bridge at Mont­gomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Rd, Skill­man, NJ 08558 on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions in her mem­ory may be made to the In­spireMoore Fund, and mailed to El­iz­a­beth Cahill, Di­rec­tor of De­vel­op­ment, Moore Col­lege of Art and De­sign, 20th Street and The Park­way, Philadel­phia, PA, 19103, or to Prospect United Methodist Church, 800 Lin­coln Ave., Prospect Park, PA, 19076.

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