Ruth Taliaferro

March 8th, 2007

Ruth (Davis) Taliaferro, age 90, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, March 7, at the D’Youville Senior Center in Lowell following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ruth was born April 15, 1916, in Horbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Thomas G. & Beatrice (Jones) Davis. Ruth moved with her family to the United States when she was a young girl, they lived in Medford, MA, and Ruth graduated from Medford High School, her family then moved to Glen Road in Wilmington, where her family started Davis Poultry Farm. Following school, Ruth worked with Natalie Cabot (formerly a writer for the Herald Traveler) in 1961and she was instrumental in preparing the book “You Can’t Count on Dying” which was dedicated to Ruth, this book was the beginning of their work and Natalie later used it to start her foundation “The Age Center of New England”. This was an accomplishment that meant a great deal to Ruth. Ruth also worked for the Bryan Investigating Service in Boston for many years and she was a Hostess in Hospitality in Florida. Ruth met and married John Taliaferro when she was living in Washington, DC, she lived there until his passing in 1959, and she returned to Wilmington where she resided for over seventy years of her life. She was a member of the Wilmington Congregational Church and the Wilmington Senior Citizens Center.

Ruth was sister of the late William J. Davis & Frank and Leslee Davis, sister-in-law of Gunvor Davis of Wilmington, aunt of William H. & Louise Davis of Reading, Gerald & Kathleen Davis of Tewksbury, Frank & Catherine Davis of Melrose, Marge & Michael Hurley of Lynnfield, Christopher Davis of Middleboro, and Betsy Davis of California, she is also survived by many grandnephews/nieces and great grandnephews/nieces.

Her funeral service took place on Monday, March 12, at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, and was celebrated by Pastor Miles Hall of the Wilmington Congregational Church. Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donation’s in Ruth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 01880.


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