DANVERS — Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth (Dupray) Giles, born June 10, 1918, in Danvers, entered into rest peacefully on November 5, 2012, in Dover, New Hampshire.
Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Aubert S. Giles, and mother of Aubert (Stan) Jr., his wife Marie Giles, and Allen and his partner Susan Houghton. She leaves her grandchildren Tammy and her husband Donald Stapleton; Brad and his wife Theresa Giles, Scott Giles, and Wendy and her husband Mike Tinkham. Ruth was the proud great-grandmother of 7 great-grandchildren: Riley, Ella and Devyn Stapleton; Camden, Lucas and Brooklyn Tinkham and Tyler Giles. She also leaves her niece Debbie Demarco, for whom she had a special fondness, and her husband Bob, of West Newbury. She is survived by her brother-in-law E. Curtis Giles of Danvers. Ruth was predeceased by her sister Lucille (Dupray) Rost and brothers Lawrence, Lorraine and Martin. She was the surviving matriarch of a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. Ruth will be greatly missed by her loyal West Highland Terrier, Muffin.
In 1941, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Aubert, in Danvers at the First Congregational Church after attending Danvers High. After high school, she attended Salem Commercial School where she was trained in office and clerical work. Once her sons were in school, she started a career at Beverly Hospital as a statistician in the medical records department. She retired in 1980 with her husband to the couples’ summer home in Alton Bay, New Hampshire, wintering in Clearwater, Florida. Since 1998, she wintered in Barefoot Bay, Florida, where she leaves many caring friends.
Ruth was active and loved the outdoors all of her life, enjoying skiing and hiking the White Mountains and Gunstock Mountain in New Hampshire with her family. She was a knitter and seamstress, and played cards with her friends. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband. Together they traveled to Alaska, Ireland, Italy and France, revisiting the sites of World War II battlefields where her husband had served.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte. 62), Danvers, Saturday at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Visiting hour prior to the service from 9 to 10 A.M. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com