Ruth Wolf Page, 95, a writer, editor, radio commentator and student of the natural world, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Wake Robin in Shelburne. She was 95.
Ruth was a leader in the generation of women who began to rethink their lives and pursue careers in what had been a man’s world. She was known throughout for Vermont for her many years as a voice on NPR and VPR, first as the presenter of Ruth Page’s Gardening Journal and later for narrated essays on the wonders of nature and human threats to the environment. But those commentaries came towards the end of a long career, first as a small-town weekly newspaper journalist and later as a magazine editor.
She was born on March 8, 1921 in Upper Darby, Pa., the daughter of Morris and Hilda (Yerpe) Wolf. She graduated summa cum laude from Swarthmore College in 1942. She met and married Proctor Page Jr. of Burlington during World War II. They returned to Vermont, where they lived for 50 years on a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain. They moved to Wake Robin in 2002.
In 1957, Ruth and Proc purchased the Suburban List, a weekly newspaper in Essex Junction. Ruth covered town councils, edited stories, wrote editorials and a personal column – and won a number of awards for her work. Later, she served as editor of National Gardening Magazine; a gardening essayist on NPR; an environmental commentator on VPR.
She served two terms on the Vermont State Colleges board; became the first woman elected to the board of Green Mountain Power; and served five years on the state Judicial Conduct Board (1981-1986).
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Proctor. She leaves her three children, Candace, Patti Ruth and Robert and their spouses; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sister-in-law Ellen Reid of Shelburne and her dear friend and “third daughter” Kit Anderson of Shelburne; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to two programs that united her love of science, children and gardens: the Early Learning Science Literacy program at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington, Vt. 05401 (giving website http://www.echovt.org/make-a-gift) or the Vermont Community Gardening Network, 12 North St. #5, Burlington, Vt. 05401.
A service of remembrance will be held for Ruth at 6pm Sunday, Nov. 6 at Wake Robin in Shelburne; family and friends are welcome.
Marie L. Sirois of Sanford, ME and Shelburne, Vt., after a short illness, peacefully departed her earthly abode on Oct. 21, 2016 and entered God’s Heavenly Kingdom. Marie was born in Sanford, ME, May 26, 1935 to parents Frank Ross and Mary Gagne. She attended Holy Family school and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in 1953. On July 3, 1954 she and Raymond J Sirois, high school sweethearts, were joined together for life by the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Marie is a loving, caring, generous and tender person. She shared her love with all, putting the needs of others before her own. Whenever she saw or heard of someone in need, she was there to help. A devoted spouse, mother and grandmother, family gatherings where everyone shared the love she had instilled were her greatest joy. She also enjoyed being outdoors, daily walks, floral gardening, cross country skiing and snowshoeing with anyone who wanted to join her. After raising, guiding and providing an ideal home life for her children, she was office manager in her husband’s dental practice for 16 years. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, four children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters and their spouses. A Circle of Remembrance will be celebrated at the Wake Robin Community Center on Nov. 5, 2016 at 3pm. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.