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Ruth E Lennan

March 26, 2017

Ruth E. Lennan, 93

Kennebunkport, Me.

Ruth O'Flynn Lennan died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on March 26, 2017. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 23rd, 1924, the daughter of George B. and Clare McNamara O'Flynn.

She attended Classical High School in Worcester continuing her education at Clark University. She was the first woman accepted into Clark University, among a small group of women, graduating in 1946.

In 1949, she married the love of her life, David R. Lennan, also from Worcester, and they were happily married for 56 years. She taught in the Millbury Public School system for three years before raising her four children and later returned to teaching in Sudbury, Mass, where she and her husband lived for many years, before retiring to Biddeford Pool in 1986.

Ruth was involved in many community organizations; a member and dedicated volunteer at the Senior Center in Lower Village, Kennebunk, the Body Wise Program at UNE for 25 years, and the Auxiliary of Southern Maine Medical Center. She maintained a supportive relationship with the local Parkinson's group throughout her husband’s illness and following his death. She was a parishioner of The Good Shepard Parish of Biddeford and Saco.

Ruth had an active social life and is remembered by her many friends and family for her remarkable grace, warmth, and positive outlook. As an advocate for women’s progress, education, acceptance and community, she remains a true inspiration for all who knew and loved her.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband, David R. Lennan in 2005 and her daughter Elizabeth Lennan Quinlan in 2010.

She is survived by her children, David R. Lennan and his wife Nansi of Blackstone MA, Cynthia Lennan Hayes and her husband Jack of Kennebunkport, ME, Douglas K. Lennan of Waltham, MA, her 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on April 26th, 2017 at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main St, Saco Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:

A Place to Start
41 Main St #2 Kennebunk, Me, 04043

The Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter
383 US Route One, Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074 


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