Ruth King

Ruth E "Cricket" King (Fanjoy)

Thursday, January 10th, 1924 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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SPENCER- Ruth Elizabeth “Cricket” Fanjoy King,95, was born in New London Connecticut at a whopping not quite 4 pounds which helps explain her will to live and enjoy life all these years. She was born on January 10, 1924 to Raymond Fanjoy and Frances Evelyn (Dunn) Fanjoy. Ruth died September 24, 2019 at home with family.

Ruth grew up in the Connecticut area, mostly on Fishers Island, NY. In Fishers’ Island High School, we find that Ruth was voted the most popular female student; the best-looking female student; the female student with the highest average; and the female student most likely to succeed; actually, she was the only female student in the high school. After Graduation from Connecticut College she took a slow boat to Malaysia to do missionary work. Ruth spent her entire life educating herself (Bachelor of Arts, multiple master’s degrees, and any course she was interested in). She spent her entire work life educating others, from substitute teaching, to teaching others to read and administrator of title 1 education. She made time to raise five sons and do volunteer work once the rascals were out of the house (from the Heifer Project visiting other continents to the Meals on Wheels around town). Ruth enjoyed religion, tennis, golf, skiing, canoeing, and still made time to watch some 3 generations of soccer games.

Ruth was predeceased in death by her mother and father, sisters Janet Gray, Billie Staub, and her brother Ray Fanjoy. Ruth is survived by children Alan King and his wife Elizabeth of Pennsylvania, Jeffrey King and Michelle Thayer of Massachusetts, Christopher King and his wife Ann Marie of Massachusetts, Steve King and his wife Mary of Vermont, David King and his wife Sandy of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Ashley, Andrea, Alexandra, Lindsay, Jessica, Ryan, Connor, Liam, Vinny, and Aidan; great Grandchildren Jayce, Blake, Welles, Wes, Quin and Bryne. Ruth has also left 13 wonderful nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday October 5, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church. Please no flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ruth to the charity of choice of the donor. Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. Spencer is directing arrangements.
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    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church
    9 Upper River St.
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Randal Chinnock

Posted at 09:57am
Ruth and I shared many Sunday services at the BUUC. With her energy and outgoing personality, she was absolutely a force of nature! I never heard her say a negative thing about anything or anyone. She was one of my favorite people in the congregation. I'm sure that her positive energy will live on among her many progeny. I will indeed make a charitable donation in her name.

Regina Savageau

Posted at 06:07pm
The Picture is taken over forty years ago at Orange Airport Ruth is in the middle of the three people to the left I’m suiting up on the right , what a Great Day,! So many happy moments with her she was a great lady who lived life to the fullest, Love You Ruth, Regina Savageau

Sandra Deciccio

Posted at 04:59pm
I feel honored to call Ruth a friend. We met many years ago playing tennis at Paxton tennis club. She Shared her many stories of her life adventures with all of us and we listened in amazement. We knew that none of us could ever top her many accomplishments. She was special to all who crossed her path, and always viewed life with a great sense of humor. Love you,Ruth. Rest In Peace knowing that you lived your life to the fullest!


Posted at 08:58am
Ruth, a great women and friend with a smile and a story for all occasions...

Cherine Labarre

Posted at 11:19am
Dear Pollianna,
No apoligies. You did it all with a smile, You had a full life and I thank you for being the best friend ever, Cherie

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