Ruth Sheldon Childs

December 19, 1923 ~ September 14, 2022 (age 98) 98 Years Old


Ruth Sheldon Childs, age 98, a life-long resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2022.

Ruth was born in Woburn, MA, on December 19, 1923.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Wilbur and Olive (Carter) Sheldon.  Ruth was raised and educated in Wilmington, graduating with the Wilmington High School Class of 1941.

After high school, Ruth followed in her Father’s footsteps working for the B & M Railroad at North Station in Boston, where she was an executive secretary for many years.  On the train going to work, Ruth met “the love of her life,” William Childs.  They married on September 26, 1953 and after a short stay in West Medford, the couple made their home in North Wilmington, where they raised their family.

Ruth was a very caring and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Ruth loved to read and often shared her love of reading with her grandchildren.  As an avid homemaker, Ruth enjoyed tending her flower gardens and cooking and baking. Her baking was often shared during afternoon “tea parties” with whoever was lucky enough to stop by.

After raising her family, Ruth eventually went to work in the fabric department of Zayre's just to keep busy. She had a great rapport with her customers and enjoyed helping others.

Ruth will be fondly remembered as a lovely lady; she was quiet and reserved, but always willing to lend a hand.  Ruth's unconditional love for her family and friends was evident in everything she did.  She will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late William G. Childs, devoted mother of Linda Boise and her husband Lawrence of Milton, NH and Susan Caron of Framingham, MA.  Loving "Grandma" of Adam Boise, Ellen (Boise) Bennett and her husband Tyler, Matthew Caron, and Jamie Caron.  Ruth was the dear sister of the late Wilbur "Bud" Sheldon and his wife Sally.  She is further survived by her nephews and their families.

A private service will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA.  Interment will follow in the Sheldon Family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Ruth’s name may be made to the charity of your choosing. 

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