Ruth Manter Lind

December 7, 1917 ~ January 22, 2020 (age 102)


Ruth Manter Lind, 102, passed away peacefully overnight on January 22, 2020, after saying goodbye to her family the day before. Ruth was born in Pawtucket, RI, on December 7, 1917.

She was the eldest of Frank and Susan (Kenyon) Manter. She is predeceased by all of her siblings, Frank Manter, Carol (Manter) Gerow and Alden Manter. Ruth moved to South Attleboro, MA at the age of 5 and remained connected to the Attleboro community for the rest of her life. Ruth played varsity basketball in high school and was captain her junior year. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1935. Ruth created a family legacy and went to Brown University in Providence, when the all girl's portion of the school was called Pembroke College. She won a prize in Latin upon entering Brown and majored in Latin while there. She graduated in 1939 Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

During World War II, Ruth did volunteer work for the soldiers: knitting, Red Cross work, and training as a nurse's aide. Upon graduation in 1939, she went straight to graduate school and received a Master's Degree in History and Education (graduated 1942). Ruth enjoyed traveling for summer school programs. She attended Tufts for 2 summers, Trinity College for 2 summers, she spent 3 weeks at the University of Wisconsin, 6 weeks at Harvard and 8 weeks at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Ruth began teaching Latin. She taught for 3 years in Duxbury, MA, 7 years in Stratford, CT, and spent 29 years teaching for the Brookline, MA public schools (1950-1979). One of her fondest memories of Brookline High School was that of a student as he left her classroom. He said he couldn't wait until the next day to find out the results of a particular war that Julius Caesar was fighting. Her intent as a teacher was to make Latin real for her students by explaining the strategy of battles, discussing the many English derivations from Latin words and the multitude of references to Roman history and culture in modern art and literature.

Ruth met the love of her life, Adolph Lind, through her brother at a Christmas party. They were together for 40 years, until his death in 1998. Ruth always felt very connected to Adolph's family in Sweden and maintained a relationship with them through letter writing. After retiring from Brookline, Ruth returned to Attleboro where she and her husband spent many happy years. They spent their summers at their summer home in Falmouth, MA.

Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Attleboro and they hosted her 100th birthday party in 2017. Ruth was a member of the board of trustees for FBC Attleboro for 6 years. In her retirement years, she was active on the executive committee that planned High School class reunions. For their 50th Reunion they raised a sum of $50,000 (which was added to over the years). Since 1985 a scholarship, or two, has been awarded every year to a graduate of Attleboro High School.

Ruth had a passion for Latin, and was a lover of history, languages and culture. She enjoyed watching historical programs, reading, music, knitting and gardening. She said intellectual curiosity was the key to her personality, and it seemed to prolong her life. She was a master of sudoku and always enjoyed learning new information, games, and keeping up with all the changes in the world over her life that spanned two centuries. She was a member of the NEA, MTA, REAM, AARP, National Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund and the Smithsonian Institution. One of her favorite sayings was that she would continue to learn until the day she died. She was reading about physics in her last few months. Ruth spent her last two years living at Brookdale in Attleboro and her family is grateful for the support of her caregivers in her last years, months, and days.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband, Adolph Lind; her siblings (listed above); and three nephews, Bruce Manter, Douglas Manter and Robert Gerow. Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law Frances Manter of Aiken, SC; three nieces, Lyn Gerow of Leicester, VT; Judith Parton of New London, NH; Beth Grant (husband Rob Grant) of Orwell, VT; and two nephews, Stuart Manter of Columbia, SC; Richard Manter of Aiken, SC. She has four grandnephews, Trevor Parton (wife Becky Parton) of Henniker, NH; Evan Parton of Somerville, MA; Alden Gerow of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Matthew Manter of Charleston, SC. She has one grandniece, Megan Meadows of Murrell Inlet, SC. She has two great-grandnieces, Eleanor Parton and Abigail Meadows, and one great-grandnephew, Josiah Parton.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11am in the Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 10-11am in the funeral home

Burial will be held privately.


JAN 25. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home
126 South Main Street
Attleboro, MA, 02703

Funeral Service

JAN 25. 11:00 AM (EST)

Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home
126 South Main Street
Attleboro, MA, 02703

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