Ruth A. Cole, 89, of Hudson


Ruth A. ColeNov. 19, 1934 – May 9, 2024

Hudson – Ruth A. (Penney) Cole, 89, of Hudson, MA, formerly of Maynard, MA, passed at home surrounded by her loved ones, on Thursday, May 9, 2024. She was the beloved wife of 50 years to the late William “Bill” Cole.

Ruth was born and raised in South Acton, MA, on November 19, 1934, to her late parents George and Christine Marie (Nelson) Penney. Ruth raised her family in Maynard, MA before moving to Marlborough, MA, for 14 years, and Hudson, MA, for the past 10 years until her passing.

Ruth is survived by her daughters Karen (Cole) Baldwin, wife of the late Alan Baldwin of Hudson, MA, Jacquelyn “Jackie” (Cole) Anderson and her husband Rick of Worcester, MA, and Michelle (Cole) Theis of Shrewsbury, MA, and Nancy Cole of Westborough, MA; her son Michael Cole and his wife Maria of Hudson, MA; her grandchildren Steven Baldwin and his wife Tamara, Stacey Baldwin, Scott Baldwin and his fiancé Jessica McGovern, Nicole (Anderson) Farabee and her husband Jared, Richard Anderson and his wife Carley, Ryan Theis and his fiancé Holly Houghton, and William “Billy” Theis and his fiancé Laura Williams, Caitlyn Cole, Lauren Cole, and Mason Cole; her great-grandchildren Austin Baldwin, Dylan Baldwin, Noah Rosa, Taylor Farabee, Tatum Farabee, Ryder Farabee, Jack Anderson, Jace Theis, and Brodie Theis; as well as  her loving nieces, nephews, friends and her caregiver Tammy Coleman, VNA Hospice. Ruth is predeceased by  her sister Doris (Penney) Fucarile, and her brother George (“Red”) Penney.

Ruth worked briefly as a hairdresser and then at Bradley Container Company in Maynard, MA , before transitioning to focusing on raising her family, and caring for their home. When her children had grown, Ruth worked as a secretary at Beacon Communications.

Ruth, affectionally known as “Nana Ruth”, enjoyed baking and entertaining, but, more than anything, she loved being with her family – especially attending her children’s’ and  grandchildren’s’ sporting events always sporting her favorite visor. She also enjoyed knitting, and, in her younger years, visiting Wells Beach in Maine and Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester.

Ruth was an avid Boston sports fan. In her golden years, she always looked forward to her daily Manhattan. Ruth will always be remembered for her unique and loving spirit, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Calling Hours for Ruth will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 5pm-7pm, at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA. Burial Services will be held privately at Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to Hudson Firefighters Relief Association, 296 Cox Street, Hudson, MA for all the love and care they provided to Ruth and her family.

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