RUTH W. GORING
Ruth W. Goring, 94, of Pawcatuck, CT died on Tuesday, April 11 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Westerly, RI. Born with a vail in 1923 (a date she wouldn't care to ever share), in Newark NJ as the only child to John Henry (Jack) and Mary (Hiltwein) Walker, Ruth spent her youth in Torrington, CT. For whatever reason, her family moved around quite a bit. Ruthie always said she attended every school in town. Her father worked at the mill at Anaconda American Brass. She loved that man, who was lovingly referred to as Bop. They spent their summers on Tyler Lake, which she only called Tyler Pond. Ruth was a bright girl, skipping a grade and graduating with honors from Torrington High School. While one would think college was the obvious choice, it wasn't in the cards for Ruthie. "You're going to work," they told her, and work she did. All through the war and in the years following, Ruth joined the family trade working for the top brass at Anaconda. Typing 125 words a minute and doing shorthand, a skill she never relinquished, Ruth flourished in this environment. She married her first husband, a draftsman and veteran of WWII, William F. (Frank) Williams in 1948, and they raised their family in Torrington. They spent their years on Wyoming Avenue, attending Trinity Church, spending the days with friends and neighbors and countless summers on Highland Lake. Ruth continued to be passionate about education, most likely as a result of not being able to continue hers, and served on the Board of Education. Times change and Ruth and Frank went their separate ways, remaining dear friends and raising their children together. She later met Albert E. Goring, a lawyer and art collector, who would become her second husband. With Albert, Ruth started to see the world with fresh eyes. Having worked so successfully during the war, she became a paralegal for Albert's practice. Always a painter, she rediscovered her love of art and became a noted restoration artist, restoring among other things the three-panel mural behind the bar in the tavern of the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington. She made up for her relatively small family by pulling others into her own, and the raucus mid-'70's Thanksgivings in their little church in downtown Torrington will not be forgotten by those lucky enough to have been in attendance. Albert and Ruth moved to the shore in Connecticut to the Mystic / Stonington area in the mid-'80's. She and Al continued their law practice and their antique gallery, Mystic Fine Arts, until his death in 2002, at which time she moved to Pawcatuck. In the years after Albert passed, Ruth never lacked companionship. She filled her days with countless dear friends, attending the Cavalry Episcopal Church as a communicant, events at the Portuguese Club in Stonington, and volunteering at the local foodbank and Westerly Hospital. She was an outstanding cook, greatly loved a glass of wine and a strong cocktail, and was a voracious reader, amazing knitter, lover of fashion and fine jewelry and a lifelong learner.She was predeceased by husbands Frank and Al, and is survived by sons John (Jackie) Williams of Middletown, CT, Jamie (Mary Beth) Williams of Syracuse, NY, Keith Goring of Torrington, CT, daughter Naomi Goring (Jerry Porter) of Sneads Ferry, NC, daughter-in-law Susan Dixon of Norfolk, CT, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, best and lifelong friend Pat Gold of Destin, FL, and a host of close friends, both young and old, whom she loved dearly. Her family would like to thank her doctors and the staffs of Westerly Hospital, Westerly Health Center, Mystic Healthcare and Academy Point in Mystic for the outstanding and loving care she received during her last difficult year. Ruth's life will be celebrated at the Cavalry Episcopal Church on Church St. in Stonington, CT on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00AM with a reception immediately afterwards.
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