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Byers, Ruth A.

Byers, Ruth

  Ruth A. (Knapp) Byers, a longtime resident of Dedham, passed peacefully on Tuesday evening July 2nd at the Emeritas of Plymouth Care Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts after visits from her family.  She played canasta on Monday and she had dined on her favorite Hershey’s Kisses and strawberry ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream until the end. Ruth was born August 3, 1918 in South Boston, MA, a daughter of Harry B. and Helen A. (Chaplin) Knapp.  Ruth was the treasurer and clerk of her husband’s oil company, Byers Fuel. She loved her family and St. John’s/St. Stevens Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member. Ruth was the wife of the late George A. Byers Sr., and the mother of the late John Byers. She is survived by her children, Ralph Byers of Walpole, George A. Byers Jr of Auburn, Janice R. Byers of Texas, James E. Byers of Assonet, and Nancy J. Sullivan of Plymouth.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, July 5th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 MIlton Street, Dedham.  A funeral service at the funeral home with the Reverend Stephen Dale of St. Stephen’s Methodist Church officiating will follow the visitation and burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.  Donations in Ruth’s memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 5160 Washington Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 would be appreciated.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Donna Monteiro
    July 3rd, 2013 | 5:25 pm

    Ruth was an unbelievable lady. She never had a cross word for anyone. When you saw her, she made you feel like the most important person in her world. Everyone thinks that they were her favorite, because she made you feel that way. She epitomized being a Christian. Rest in Peace sweet lady.

    Donna Monteiro (Gene’s Donna)

    July 5th, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Dear Nancy & Family:

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother.

    She will rest with the angles and may God Bless and Keep
    her to you all meet again.


  3. Bill Stevens
    July 5th, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    So sorry for The loss of your Mother I am sure she is with all of the other wonderfull souls of St Johns and St.Stephens
    Love to all Bill

  4. Russ Poole
    July 12th, 2013 | 6:16 pm

    Only met her once or twice when I was very young (pre-teen) when she was with hubby, George. George was a member of the Samoset Canoe Club as was my dad, Warren. This is where I met Ruth.
    My heart-felt sympathies to the Byers clan.

    August 3rd, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    To the Byers family:
    It was a privilege to have known Ruth. She was a good friend to my mother for many years. I had the pleasure of her company a number of times over the years and always found her charming and engaging.
    She had the good fortune of a long life.
    I was sorry not to have been able to attend the wake or service.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  6. Cathy & Eric Swendsboe
    September 24th, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Ruth was a friend of Donna Jean Swendsboe (our late mom) We are glad she had such good life.

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