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Ruth Gardner Hardesty Brittle died on February 3, 2007 from complications of ovarian cancer, at her home, Hillcrest, in Remington, VA. She was the wife of the late Harry Bowen Brittle whom she married in Middleburg in 1944. She was the second daughter of the Reverend William R. Hardesty and Nancy Gardner Hardesty and was born in 1918 in Ridgeway, WV. She grew up in several locations including Alexandria, Middleburg, and Hillsboro, VA, Easton MD and Shepherdstown, WV. After completing Lincoln High School in Loudoun County, Mrs. Brittle graduated in 1939 from Madison College in Harrisonburg and began her teaching career in the old John Barton Payne School in Remington. Having taught fifth and sixth grades, she substituted in high school for several years before returning to elementary school to teach second grade. After graduate work at the University of Virginia, she became a reading teacher at MM Pierce Elementary School. She loved teaching and the success of her students remained among her most prized accomplishments. The many cards, letters, and visits that continued to come from those students in her classes from 1939 to 1982, enriched her life immeasurably. During World War II and in the post-war years, Mrs. Brittle was active in the local American Red Cross and the TB Association. She was a founding member of the Remington Garden Club and several local Bridge clubs. A member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, she served on the vestry and became senior warden. She also prepared communion and arranged flowers for the altar for sixty-four years. In her latter years she joined the Remington Partnership, believing in the revitalization of downtown Remington a place she loved. She was the mother of Elizabeth Meade Brittle and Nancy Bowen Brittle both of Remington; aunt of Sally Megeath Bestgen, of Niskayuna, NY, Kathryn Driver Newbraugh, of Berkeley Springs, WV, Robert Hardesty Driver, of Harrisonburg, VA, Milton Driver, Plano, TX, Michael Megeath, Waterford, VA and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by sisters Anne Hardesty Driver and Mary Hardesty Megeath. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Remington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UVA Cancer Center (for The Women’s Oncology Fund in her memory), c/o Cari Hocevar, UVA Cancer Center Development Office, PO Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908 or Remington Vol. Fire Co., PO Box 159, Remington, VA 22734. Online condolences may be made at www.moserfuneralhome.com.

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