Ruth A. (Sanborn) Norcross

September 27, 1941 ~ May 21, 2022 (age 80)


Ruth Anne Norcross, born September 27, 1941 to Robert B and Ruth E Sanborn of Deerfield NH, died on May 21, 2022, with complications from pancreatic cancer.  Ruth graduated from University of New Hampshire and Boston University.  She worked as a Registered Dietician at the Waltham Hospital in Waltham, MA for many years.  

Ruth leaves behind her husband Richard Norcross of 36 years, her sister Priscilla Watts, her brother Charles Sanborn and several nieces and nephews.  

She was a long-time member and volunteer at the Deerfield Fair Association, the Sanborn Family Association, the Middlesex Conservation District plant sales, and 4-H.  Ruth was an avid birdwatcher with the Audubon Society in Lincoln and the Menotomy Bird Club in Arlington.  Also, Ruth especially enjoyed ice skating with friends at the Skating Club of Boston and riding a tandem bike with Richard.  She was happy to take the back seat, view the countryside, and "leave the driving" to Richard.  Sometimes they packed their bike paniers to go on overnight rides with another couple.  

From 1988 to 2019 Ruth and Richard were fortunate to go on escorted tours in the US and many other countries throughout the world. Ruth liked to read, especially mystery novels, whenever she had a chance. Often, she could be seen doing a crossword puzzle.  Prior to starting school Ruth's mother read to her, Priscilla and Charles and taught them to read.  At the time they often visited a local library.  By the time she was in the second grade in a one room schoolhouse, Ruth and her sister were helping others with reading lessons. 

Ruth's nieces and nephews remember her for the nature walks she took them on around the family farm and local pond when they were quite young.  She would point out local birds and flowers and make memory books with pressed flowers with them.  One niece exclaimed this led to her ongoing interest and volunteering in nature groups.
Ruth was a caring, thoughtful person who will be truly missed.

Donations may be made to the Mass Audubon Society, 208 South Great Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773.

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