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Ruth E. Godin, age 94, formerly of Andover, passed away on December 1, 2017, at Prescott House in North Andover. She was born November 25, 1923, in Lawrence, Mass., to the late Andrew J. and Ruby E. (McGrath) Dunn. Ruth moved to Andover in 1944 and was an Andover resident for 70 years.
Ruth was a graduate of Lawrence High School. She attended St. John’s School of Nursing and was employed in medical records at Clover Hill Hospital until its closure in 1972. After Clover Hill Hospital closed, Ruth performed record audits at both local and Boston areas hospitals. She was an active troop leader with Girl Scouts of America who served on the board of directors for the Merrimack Valley Girl Scout Council for many years. Ruth sang for many years the Newburyport Choral Society making several trips to Europe to perform with them in France, Italy, and Portugal. In retirement she began painting and during her 80s she studied art at Merrimack College.
Ruth most enjoyed camping and traveling with her late husband, exploring the local shops and yard sales for antiques, and taking care of her much loved kitties. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth was the beloved widow of the late F. Kenneth Godin. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Westaway and husband, William of Andover; daughter-in-law, Jill Godin and her fiancé, Rock Dower of Groveland; grandchildren, Adam Westaway and his wife, Melissa, Erin Westaway and her partner, Michael Mathis, Rachael Fletcher and her husband, Michael, Jessica Karp and her husband, Jason, David Godin, and Stephen Godin and his wife, Johanna. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Amanda Holmsten, PJ Holmsten, Tyler Westaway, Ethan Westaway, Liam Fletcher, Josephine Karp, and Noah Mathis. Ruth was predeceased by her son, David K. Godin.
Ruth’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Prescott House in North Andover for their loving care and companionship to Ruth over the past three years.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, December 4, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m., December 5, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Church, Lawrence, MA. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in North Andover, Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MSPCA or the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  December 3, 2017
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