Ruth M. Lyman

September 9th, 2019

Ruth M. Lyman (Dole), age 83, of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Ruth was born on February 28, 1936, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Warren and Hannah Dole. Ruth was raised and educated in Charlestown and went to Matignon High School in Cambridge. Ruth was a true “Townie” who never forgot her roots; she made many life-long girlfriends growing up in Charlestown and they stayed extremely close throughout the years. Ruth and her friends were devoted to one another; they raised their families together, vacationed, traveled together and they spent many happy times together in Florida throughout their later years.

Ruth married the “love of her life”, Paul Lyman over 66 years ago. Ruth and Paul moved to “Suncrest Acres” in Wilmington in 1961; this was a great neighborhood to raise their seven children. Ruth and Paul were very close to their neighbors they were like one big extended family. Ruth’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was unwavering; she always made time for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren no matter what they were doing. Ruth attended countless school and sporting events; she was their biggest fan. Ruth even scoured the local newspaper for clippings of her families accomplishments and hung them on her “wall of fame” at home; this was an honor if you made her wall. Ruth made her home warm and welcoming; she adored her children, grandchildren, in-laws, extended family and friends. Ruth made lots of memories through the years; she made her holiday’s special and threw great Christmas Eve parties that will be treasured memories.

In 1967, Ruth and Paul opened their first drug store, The Village Apothecary in Billerica and a legacy was born. They ran their business as a “true old fashioned family business” with a huge family atmosphere; everyone was involved, family and friends alike. Ruth was a meticulous bookkeeper; she had everything in the store organized and accounted for; she was excellent at her job. Ruth was very friendly and helpful with her customer’s; she was certainly one of the main reasons that the business was so successful for more than 30 years. In the mid 1980’s, Ruth and Paul decided to expand their venture when their son Chris decided to join the profession and bought Kristal Pharmacy in the Lucci’s Plaza in Wilmington; they re-named the store The Village Apothecary II. Ruth, Paul and Chris soon added their personal touches and their welcoming personalities to the store which led them to become a popular “home town drug store”. After many years of serving the community, Ruth, retired in 1994.

Ruth will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman; she was kind, thoughtful and very loving. Ruth truly enjoyed her family and friends and she loved them with all her heart. She was “quite a lady” who will forever be in the hearts of those she touched.

Ruth was the beloved wife of 66 years to Paul S. Lyman, Sr., devoted mother of Paul S. Lyman, Jr. & partner Dorothy Tracy of Beverly, Dawn M. Ballou and Christopher Lyman & wife Patricia all of Wilmington, Jeffrey Lyman & wife Elaine of Tewksbury, Matthew J. Lyman & partner Jei Zhang of Washington, DC, Joseph A. Lyman & partner Marcello Peppi of Connecticut and the late Gregory T. Lyman & his former wife Laura of Reading. Loving “Nana” of Kerri Fleming & husband Richard Jr. of Illinois, Kristi Lyman & wife Kristen Thomas of Wilmington, Shannon Blacker & husband Ross of North Andover, Devon Londono & husband Jhon of Medford, Daniel Ballou III & wife Natasha of Andover, Sean Ballou & wife Rebecca of Salisbury, Rory Ballou & wife Nancy of Dracut, Meghan Fennelly & husband James of Wilmington, Larissa Lyman of Reading, John Lyman & fiance Maureen Devlin of Brighton, Alessandra Lyman and Jacqueline Lyman both of Wilmington, as well as 15 great-grandchildren Richard III, Hannah, Mairead, Kevin, Kennedy, Connor, Brendan, Maya, the late Olivia, Daniel IV, Luke, Jack, Evelyn, Thomas, and Vivian. Cherished daughter of the late Warren and Hannah (Goggin) Dole, dear sister of Barbara Kaveney & husband Michael of Wilmington, the late Robert, James and Warren Dole, Jr., sister-in-law of Kathleen Dole of Quincy, Susan Dole of Melrose, Donald & Ethel Lyman of Wilmington, Phillip Lyman of Cohasset, Mary & Brad Gray of Florida. Ruth is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, September 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Ruth M. Lyman”

  1. Lynn Kaveney says:

    Such a wonderful woman, a matriarch in every sense of the word. My condolences to you all. I’m thankful and honored to be a part of some of the memories many of us have shared together. Ruthie treated me like a family member from the first moments I met her back when I was just a kid really…..she will be missed, but kept alive in our memories Praying for you all Love, Lynn

  2. Robin Anderson (Downs) says:

    So very sorry for your loss

  3. Mike Murphy says:

    Sorry for your loss

  4. Connie Moulton Holleman says:

    Ruth was a wonderful next door neighbor to our family for many years. The same love that she had for her family was extended to her many friends in the neighborhood. She was welcoming, open, caring and respectful. I have many fond memories of growing up next to the Lymans. When I remember Ruth, I will think of her friendly countenance and lovely smile. She will be missed.

  5. Sally Gravallese Radomski syStan says:

    Stan and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to to the Lyman Family. Ruth was a lovely person.

  6. Sally Gravallese Radomski syStan says:

    Stan and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Lyman family. She was a lovely woman.

  7. Charlie McGonagle says:

    I am the younger brother of one of Ruth’s old Charlestown friends. I can attest, first hand, to the close friendship this wonderful women shared with her longtime, early companions. This relationship was very special. It not only survived the decades that followed their teenaged years, it actually grew stronger. They were a special group of individuals from whom I learned the meaning of true friendship. Paul, the memories that I am sure you and Ruthie piled up over the years are unparalleled. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    RIP Ruthie

  8. Michelle Chioccola says:

    Dear Lyman Family, it saddens me to hear of Ruth’s passing. I have such amazing memories of working for and with Ruth, Paul, and Chris at the Village Apothecary. Ruth taught me how to drive a stick shift, not an easy feat. Ruth was a patient, kind, and generous person, with an amazing laugh. Sending my condolences and prayers.

  9. Bonnie Hebsch says:

    So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Dotty campbell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ruthie was such a warm person, and always so nice to me . My thoughts are with you all.

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