Ruth Curtis, CBG founding member, passes

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Ruth Curtis

Ruth Curtis was a Granby resident most of her adult life. She loved our town, its natural beauty, its community and all it embodied.

As her children entered junior high and high school in 1969, Ruth joined a small group of townsfolk to form an organization that would be called “Citizens for A Better Granby” (CBG). This group of caring people would go on to publish this newspaper, the Granby Drummer, for 50 years.

Ruth Z. Curtis, 97, of Granby, passed away peacefully on August 4 at MeadowBrook of Granby.

Ruth was born on December 30, 1922 in Hartford. She was raised in South Glastonbury and later Hartford where she was a 1940 graduate of Weaver High School.

After high school, she graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing to become a registered nurse. Ruth went on to enlist in the United States Navy and served as a nurse during WWII. Upon returning home she continued her nursing career working for St. Francis and the Institute of Living where she ran the clinical lab, ultimately retiring at age 80.

Ruth was an avid reader and she liked to ski; she met her husband Howard in the New Britain Ski Club. She also enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, vacations on Block Island, golf and tennis.

She was honored, along with three other “Greatest Generation” Armed Service members, by the American Legion on Memorial Day in 2011 and was decorated at the town ceremonies following the parade. Ruth also served on the Granby Library Association for well over a decade.