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Ruth "Ruthie" Bursey Lavash
Birth: Mar. 12, 1936
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 2011
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

My parents were married for 55 years before my Mom passed away from complications of dementia. They'd celebrated their 50th anniversary in Danville, NH at BelleGrace Farm, my sister's farm. Family members and friends attended from as far away as California. She happily moved around the country & to Japan and back with my Dad as he served in the Air Force for almost 25 years and she kept the family going through the year that he served in DaNang, Vietnam. She grew up in Arlington with her older brother Billy & younger brother Dick and was a lifetime member of Park Avenue Congregational Church for over 55 years. Her fondest memories were of being in the choir there and after having throat/voice issues, she was unable to continue to sing although she looked forward to returning to it at some point. She was a former volunteer for the Ronald McDonald house in Boston and worked as an in-home caretaker for many years. Among her favorite patients was Sarah Caldwell's (Boston Opera House Director) mother. For their anniversary in 1996, my Dad surprised her with a cruise to Bermuda - they had a great time! She made a Pilgrimage to Isreal years ago with a group of people from Canada, including her cousin, Major Clarence Bradbury (Salvation Army) and it was one of the highlights of her life. She was by the sides of her parents as they were in hospice care at home & tirelessly took care of them until they passed and with two favorite uncles, Uncle Bert and Uncle Johnny when they passed away. She always gave so much of herself to family and friends.
She is greatly missed by all of her family...her love, caring, loyalty and kindness were felt by all that knew her.

LAVASH, Ruth (Bursey) Of Arlington, June 5. Beloved wife of Raymond P. Lavash Jr. Mother of Sharon Hawkins of Arlington, Susan Kehoe and husband David Kehoe of Leominster and Cindy Rice-Lavash and husband William Rice of Danville, NH. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Sister of William Bursey of Newport, VT and Richard Bursey of Billerica. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in The Saville Chapel of DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Avenue, ARLINGTON on Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 & 7:00 to 9:00pm and to funeral services on Friday at 10:00am in The Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd., Arlington. Interment to follow Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. If desired expressions of sympathy may be made in Ruth's memory to The Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
On-line Condolences:

Patti, Rich and Sean Newman
Dear Paul, Sharon, Sue and Cindy and families,
We''re very sorry to hear of Ruth''s passing. We pray that with God''s great love the warm memories of her gracious life on this earth will help heal your hearts.
God bless you all, and peace be with Ruth''s gentle soul.

Dear Sharon and family, may memories comfort you and bring you peace. The heart remembers most what it has loved best.
Sincerely, Carmen

Roberta Boyd Casper and Rebecca A. Casper
May loving memories of Ruth''s life sustain you and family in this loss. We send offer our love and prayers.
Roberta and Bekuh

Mary Lavash
Paul and family,
My prayers are with all of you.

Aline Cormier
Sharon my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom, know that she is at peace ,no more pain nor suffering. Hugs Aline

Effie Peckham
Dear Sharon, so sorry to hear of your loss. I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. May God walk beside you each and every day as you mourn your loss.

June 18, 2011
My deepest condolences. I will always keep her kindness towards me in my memory (no name left) June 10, 2011

I am sorry for your loss. May you all be at peace now. Sorry I couldn't be there today.
Love, Brenda (Kindred) Palmer and family. June 09, 2011

Paul,Cindy and Family; so sorry for your loss. Ruth no longer is suffering, she is in a place where the best people reside.
~ Bette Rice, Mass. June 09, 2011


Paul & Family:
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife and mother. May she rest in peace.
Tom & Jean McEnaney, Mass. June 08, 2011

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
~ Jenn Hayes, Mass. June 08, 2011

So sorry to hear about Ruthy. May god bless you all through this hard time. You are all in my thoughts. I know how special she was to my good friend Joy. She will be missed. Love you...
~ Audrey Parisi, Florida June 08, 2011

A woman of extreme strength, courage and love,
Who was beautiful, soft and now peaceful and free as a dove.
RIP Aunt Ruthy!! Love you!!
~ Joy (Bursey)LeDoux, Mass.June 07, 2011

RIP Nana, Your great grand daughter Ava told me today that not only your a angel but a princess in heaven we love and miss you very much.
~ kyla danjou, Mass. June 07, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
~ Mark Rice & Leslie Nazzaro, New Hampshire -June 07, 2011

Dear Paul and Family, I was so sad to learn of Ruth's passing over the weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls at this most difficult time. It was an honor to know Ruth and care for her during this time of her life. Paul you have a lovely family, and Ruth would be proud of all of you. Take care. Jo-Ann Jordan
~ Jo-Ann Jordan, Mass. June 07, 2011

To the Bursey/ Lavash Family;
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Losing a Loved one is so difficult. May you find solace in your memories of her. Aunt Ruthie may you rest in peace and watch over your family.
Cheryl Bursey Morrissette June 07, 2011

Forever in our hearts...we miss you so very you Mom xoxo


From United States Obituary Collection
Name of Deceased: Ruth (Bursey) Lavash
Death Date: 5 Jun 2011
Obituary Date: 13 Jun 2011
Newspaper Title: Boston Globe
Newspaper Location: Boston, MA, USA
Spouse's Name: Raymond P. Lavash, Jr.
Siblings' Names: William Bursey of Newport, VT and Richard Bursey of Billerica.Relatives
Number of Grandchildren: 8
Number of Great-grandchildren: 3

Other family members listed on

Her Grandparents were William Robert Bursey and Mary Brown Bursey - born in Newfoundland, Canada. Aunts & Uncles were:
James Nelson Bursey b. 1 Jan 1900, Cambridge,Ma
Frederick Bursey (Memorial#36690263)
Winefred Bursey Loder (Memorial#36690573)
Mary Beatrice Bursey Napman b. 16 Jan 1905, Cambridge, Ma, d. Arlington, MA(Memorial#36690116)
Arthur Bursey b. 1906, d. 1907 or 1908
Arthur Bursey (2nd) (Memorial#36690813)
Stephen Herman Bursey b. 1910 (Memorial#55203567)
Allen Bursey b. 1914
Warren "Johnny" Bursey b. 1916 (Memorial#55203862)
Albert Bursey (Memorial#36691106)
Graham Bursey b. 17 June 1921, Coley's Point, Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada (Memorial#55998485)

Family links: 
  William Nelson Bursey (1903 - 1978)
  Flora Lillian Bradbury Bursey (1908 - 1979)
Mar 12, 1936 - June 5, 2011
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Right side of Sachem Ave (across from Police Station) against the fence, beside a tree, Section BB, Plot# 150B
Created by: Sharon Lavash Hawkins
Record added: Aug 02, 2011
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