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Ruth Blakely Obituary

Ruth Gundersen Blakely
Ruth Gundersen Blakely

April 4, 1916 - August 25, 2017
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Hilton Head Island, SC
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Ruth Gundersen Blakely

Ruth Gundersen Blakely of TidePointe, died quietly at Broad Creek Care Center on August 25, 2017 at the age of 101.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of Isaac and Hannah Gundersen both of whom were born in Norway. She grew up in Troy, New York and attended the Emma Willard School and Russell Sage College. She moved with her husband Robert T. Blakely to Hilton Head Island in 1976 from Greenwich, CT.

She was a member of the Jr. League of Savannah; and an avid golfer in the more recent prior years at Sea Pines Country Cub and Spanish Wells Club. She was an accomplished weaver and taught weaving at the Veterans’ Hospital in Valley Forge, PA. and was a gifted needle worker.

She is survived by her son Robert T. Blakely of Houston, TX and daughters Christine Bennett of Ponte Vedra, FL; Karen Sloan of Boca Raton, FL and Bonnie Schmidt of Galloway, NJ. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her progeny reflect a rich life. Her pride in her Norwegian heritage has been instilled in future generations.

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 1 at 11AM at Six Oaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Graveside Service
Six Oaks Memorial Park
175 Greenwood Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC USA 29928
Friday, September 1, 2017
11:00 AM


Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
PO Box 3827
Bluffton, SC 29910





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