Ruth was born on May 31, 1919, in Portland, Maine. She was the daughter of Nellie and Charles H. Michaud, and was the loving sister to Doris E. Moody. She graduated from Deering High School, where she met her one true love and beloved husband of 51 years, Lloyd (“Mac”) Ross McIntosh.
A loving and witty lady, Ruth’s greatest joys came from being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. Ruth, also known as Ruthie, Grammie and Ning Ning, will be forever celebrated by all those who knew and loved her vibrant spirit. There is no doubt that she lived her 97 years in inspiring style – never missing an opportunity to go shopping! Whether she was playing bingo, traveling the world, solving a word search, or sipping chardonnay, she always had a smile on her face and the ability to form a lasting friendship. Volunteerism was quite important to Ruth, and she was very proud of the many years that she devoted to the gift shop at Symmes Hospital. A lifelong Boston sports fan, she will undoubtedly be cheering for Tom Brady’s return come Sunday and a Red Sox World Series WIN for Big Papi’s final season! Ruth appreciated the simple beauty in life each day and will be especially remembered in a sunset on Lake Winnipesaukee. Above all, she made people laugh, promoted kindness and lived an extremely full life.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, “Mac” in 1993, her sister, Doris in 1973, her daughter-in-law, “Margi” in 2016, and many great friends that she met throughout her lifetime. Ruth is survived by her sons, Richard McIntosh of Greensboro, NC; John McIntosh of Lexington, MA; and daughter, Martha (McIntosh), and her husband, Jim Bransfield of Wilmington, MA. Mrs. McIntosh is also survived by her six grandchildren, Melissa (McIntosh), and her husband, Dr. Michael Flanagan of Dothan, AL; Robert (“Beau”) McIntosh, and his wife, Craig of Greensboro, NC; Allison (McIntosh), and her husband, Patrick Haley of Soquel, CA; Caitlyn (Bransfield), and her husband, Benjamin Ward of Milton, MA; Meredith Bransfield of San Francisco, CA; Scott Bransfield of Boston, MA, and seven great-grandchildren, Michael T., Mary Mac, Macauley, Adelaide, Fletcher, Finn and Maya – all of whom will miss her dearly. Ruth was also the loving aunt to Bryan Moody Jr. and his wife, Delores, Gerald Moody and his wife, Rosie and Eric Moody and his wife, Karen.
Ruth’s family will be receiving family and friends at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 8th from 9:30-10:30am. Immediately following will be a Funeral Service at 10:30am and procession to an Interment at Westview Cemetary in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Reelin’ for Research, 1852 Banking Street #9333, Greensboro, NC 27408 – an especially important organization to the McIntosh family, one that supports pediatric cancer research.