Ruth Dell, 87. Of Middletown, NJ passed away Friday, May 28th, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her parents, the Weidemanns (Grandma and Grandpa blue car) and her in-laws, the Dells (Grandma and Grandpa green car), her husband William, her son Kenneth, her sister Mary (Mitzi), her brother Robert and sisters-in-law Kathleen (Nina) and Ruth.
Ruth is survived by her sons Christopher, Tracey, Scott, and their wives, her nieces RuthAnn, Lisa and their families, her step-grandson Boyon and her beloved Granddaughter Christiana. She also had many nephews and extended family members living in various states in the U.S. Her long-time friend and companion Louise Jones also recently passed.
She lived in Holmdel, NJ for 50 years until moving in with her youngest son Scott and daughter-in-law Annie in Middletown. Scott and Annie opened their hearts and home to her in the last years. She designed and decorated her addition space with enthusiasm. She was able to rely on them to keep her comfortable, safe and cared for. The family cannot begin to express their gratitude for this blessing.
Mom used to speak about how many of life philosophies can be gleaned from the movie Forrest Gump.
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get.” (Forrest)
I think we all know how much Mom loved chocolates!
Mom’s Life Chocolate Box was filled aplenty. She married and raised 4 sons on Chestnut Ridge Road. She worked for many years at the Monmouth County Welfare Board and subsequently Cap Gemini where she developed lifelong friendships. Mom cared tirelessly for Dad with his illness and until his death. Mom had the joy of a granddaughter whom she loved with all of her heart. She suffered the death of her beloved son with grace and pragmatism. The long list of pets that she had over the years were dear to her.
“My Mama said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.” (Forrest)
Mom crafted, painted, designed, decorated (Christmas! Could she wrap a present or what?). She loved going to lunch, dinner, or any outing with her gal pals. Mom threw parties, weddings and all sorts of celebrations on the hill in her backyard. She enjoyed reading and watching her shows (The West Wing? You won’t beat her count!). Mom loved to be around her family and friends. Oh the fun visits with the Jones family! She was always close and caring with the neighbors who brought much joy into her life. And by God, Mom cooked legendary recipes. Her sauerbraten, shrimp salad, and mini Cheesecakes were a staple at every gathering. The special occasion cakes will never be matched.
Mom loved to laugh and make others laugh. Everyone enjoyed being in her presence.
“Why you dying Mama?” (Forrest)
“It’s my time. It’s just my time” (Mrs. Gump)
We will miss Mom, Mother, Mama Dell, MIL (Mother-in-law), TT Mommy and Grandma. Our hearts are broken. However, we will heal. Because that is what she would want us to do.
“Mama always said , Dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t” (Forrest)
A Memorial Celebration of life will be held on a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monmouth County SPCA in her name.
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Monmouth County SPCA
260 Wall St, Eatontown NJ 07724