, Salem, MA

February 4, 2014

Ruth Eleanor Callahan, 74

Salem, MA — Ruth E. (Eldridge) Callahan, 74, of Salem, passed away in Salem Hospital on Sunday, February 2, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Leroy M. and Mabel E. (Shattuck) Eldridge, and was the wife of the late William E. Callahan Sr.

Born in Beverly, Ruth graduated from Beverly High School in 1957. She worked for over 20 years for New England Telephone as an operator, before her retirement.

Ruth is survived by two sons, William Callahan Jr. and his wife, Laura, of Ipswich, and Christopher Callahan of North Carolina; a daughter, Tammy Callanan and her husband, Paul, of Ipswich; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Ruth was predeceased by her sons, Guy and Wayne Dempsey, and Mark Callahan; and her daughters, Lynda and Leonna Dempsey.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are private. Please visit to sign her guest book.