Ruth Foye Obituary

Ruth  Foye
Ruth Foye

October 25, 1917 - March 8, 2010
Born in Saxonville, MA
Resided in New London, CT


New London - Ruth Elizabeth Foye of New London, surrounded by her five loving daughters, left our world on March 8, 2010, after a brief illness.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1917, in Saxonville, Mass., the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (McCann) Byrnes.

Ruth was the beautiful wife of the late Capt. Paul F. Foye, USCG. They were married in Saxonville in 1942. She was an integral part of the many academic, social, and sports related activities at the Coast Guard Academy for over half a century. In 1943 she and Paul moved to New London where their home of 67 years has been the center of much love and gatherings for her family and large extended family.

Ruth graduated from Framingham State College and taught for many years at Nameaug School in New London. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and of the church's Mothers Circle. Ruth was a woman of many creative talents. An accomplished pianist and organist, she composed her college alma mater and played the piano with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.

Ruth is survived by her five daughters, Carol Adams and Dr. Gene Adams of New London, Maureen Olsen and RADM Robert Olsen, USCG (Ret.), of Glen Cove, N.Y., Ruth Foye of Nokomis, Fla., Eileen Kelly and Jim Kelly of New London, and Paula Stokley and Allen Stokley of Chester, N.H. She leaves eight grandchildren, Christine Hawk, Holly Ryan, Colleen Bozarth, Derek Olsen, Connor Kelly, Jillian Kelly, Sam Stokley, and Nicole Stokley; and six great-grandchildren, Griffin, Madison, Quinn, Tallah, Murphy, and Luke.Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Alice Foye; and many nieces and nephews from the Byrnes, Foye, and Burke families.

Ruth was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Byrnes and her sister, Marion Burke.

Ruth was a loving, generous, and selfless mother who took great pride in her family and their accomplishments. She will be terribly missed by her family and her special friends, Grace Potter and Margaret Cataldi.

In celebration of Ruth's life, friends may join the family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 12, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. The funeral procession will form at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the St. Joseph Endowment Fund, 17 Squire St., New London CT 06320.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Friday, March 12, 2010
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, March 13, 2010
10:00 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, March 13, 2010

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