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“I feel very honored to have met Ruth Bedford. She was a very special lady. She will be missed. Lois Johnson Bangor Maine ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“What a wonderful life! You were generous and dedicated, an example of America's grandest era! Many thanks for your generous time and work with the...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Carolyn C Smith - Chicago, IL

“thank you ruthy, i love you. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: - CT

“Miss you very much. You were a huge part of my life ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Margie Ricciardi

“Dear Aunt Ruth, I miss your sense of humor and wit, your laugh, visiting with you, and hearing your voice on the phone. I'm so happy to have the...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Paige Cunningham - West Cape May, NJ

“Extending deepest sympathies to the family of Ruth Bedford. Cherish you many fond memories of Ruth. May you you be comforted continually by God. 2...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Minnie Hemphill - Charlotte, NC

“Offering our deepest condolences during this time. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: The Staff of Spear-Miller Funeral Home - CT

“We will miss Ruth who provided a fine example of philanthropy and involvement for all of us. She was our neighbor for 36 years. The Heyman Family ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ronnie F. Heyman - Greens Farms, CT

“Your concerns and valued gifts to less fortunate people will always be remembered by thousands of people who never met you. You spirit was far above...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: George Martin - Greens Farms,, CT

“My deepest sympathy to you all. May your hearts find comfort in reading Matt 5:4 in this time of sorrow. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: - Atlanta, GA

“We will miss our wonderful neighbor. She was the absolute best. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: connie and martysilver - CT

“Ruth was such a vibrant, fun person!I enjoyed years ago sharing interest in the theatre. She was a very generous person. My condolences to her family. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Melanie Smith - Southport, CT

“I am so sorry for your loss. Please be assured God cares for you and will comfort you at this time. 1 Pet. 5:7 ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“You were very nice to me. God loves you,and so do I. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: George Metsopoulos - GreensFarms, CT

“A truly remarkable woman from a truly remarkable family!I know she realizes Jesus' promise of eternity right now and is reunited with many loved ones...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Fr.Bill Sangiovanni - fairfield, CT

“Ruth was the dearest and most interesting woman I have ever known. We were bound together by our love of horses. She certainly made a difference in...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Sherry Wood - Manning, SC

“There is an emptiness I feel But my heart is full of memories That will forever remain And keep you there Thank You For Being You ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Sylvia Raffone - Branford, CT


19 of 19 | Posted by: Sylvia Raffone - Branford, CT


Ruth Thomas Bedford, daughter of Frederick T. and Lucie Thomas Bedford, died peacefully in her sleep on June 15, 2014, in her home in Greens Farms, Connecticut. Miss Bedford would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 8, 2014. Miss Bedford led a very active and interesting life. She was a woman ahead of her time. Miss Bedford attended Foxcroft School in Virginia and upon graduation worked in social services. She served with the American Red Cross in the European theater during World War II. She had a great interest in the New York theater and worked for Rodgers and Hammerstein as a stage manager on several Broadway shows. Miss Bedford was a licensed sea plane pilot, an accomplished sailor, golfer, tennis player and horse woman. Upon returning to Connecticut Miss Bedford volunteered at the Norwalk Hospital for over fifty years. She made a difference in many people's lives by following her father's and grandfather's example in continuing to support many organizations and charities. The Town of Westport and the Norwalk Hospital as well as many other charities and individuals have been the beneficiary of her generosity. Her great love of animals is well known, particularly dogs and horses. Her race horses, ridden under the Nyala Farm name, won races at Belmont and Saratoga and other eastern tracks. Ruth Bedford will be gratefully remembered for loyalty to her family and friends. She made a difference in many people's lives. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Miss Bedford is survived by her niece, Cythlen Maddox, and nephews, James McCashin, Fred McCashin, Bruce McCashin, Briggs Cunningham, III, her cousin, Helen Watkins and several great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters, Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, Helen Bedford McCashin , Mary Bedford, her niece, Lucie Cunningham McKinney, and her nephew, John McCashin. At the request of Miss Bedford services will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Aspetuck Land Trust, P.O. Box 444, Westport, CT 06881, Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856, or the Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. To sign an online guest book, please visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.

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