Lifelong Shelburne resident Ruth Morrow, who recently passed away at 92, was recognized at last week’s Selectboard meeting for her years of service to Shelburne.
Ruth attended elementary school in town, Shelburne High School, and after joining the WAVES during WWII, she returned home to Shelburne working as a bookkeeper for the Shelburne Co-operative Creamery, marrying Rufus Morrow in 1947.
Ruth’s service to Shelburne started with her teaching Red Cross swimming lessons at the Shelburne Beach in the 1950s. She was the town auditor from 1962-1968, a library trustee from 1971-1981, and she served on the Cemetery Commission from 1987-2016. Ruth Singlehandedly took cemetery records from paper to the digital age in her 70s and 80s. This was hundreds of hours of volunteer time she did enthusiastically to help the Town. She also helped out as an election assistant for over 30 years, helped recruit election workers, and assisted with reconciliation of the checklist on an adding machine with lightning speed. When the clerk’s office received calls about grave sites, genealogy, or historic facts, Ruth served as the town historian. On April 14, 2016, Ruth was honored by the Secretary of State’s Office with a Vermont Public Service Award for her 50 years of service. Ruth passed away on May 21, 2016.
Shelburne’s Poet Laurette, Rick Bessette, wrote and read a poem in her honor.
A Life Long Dedication to her Country and Community
Shelburne will be forever grateful
For one who has tirelessly given,
To country and her community
With a heart that was endlessly driven.
Your legacy forever embraced
By the community you loved and knew,
Godspeed to you Ruth on your journey.
The Town of Shelburne bids goodbye and thank you.
(Thanks to Colleen Haag, Rick Bessette, Joe Colangelo for contributing to this tribute).