Ruth Virginia (Staples) Conklin, 89, of Barrington, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Born in Warren, she was a daughter of the late Walter O. and Ruth (Bryden) Staples. She was the wife of the late Llewellyn M. Conklin and leaves two sons, Llewellyn P. Conklin and Walter D. Conklin and his wife Kimberly, both of Barrington; a daughter, the Reverend Barbara E. Hubbard and her husband Ralph of Johnston, and a sister Barbara J. Staples of Middletown. She was the sister of the late Walter O. Staples Jr. She also leaves four grandchildren, Walter M. and Kristen L. Conklin, Elizabeth Hubbard Weinfurter and Sarah Hubbard; and three great-grandchildren.
A member of the Baptist Church in Warren, she had been moderator, Sunday school teacher, choir member and children’s choir director as well as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. She sang with the East Bay Chorus and was a member of the South Providence Neighborhood Ministries for many years. She had also been a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, as well as an active member of the PTA and Barrington YMCA, where she was a lifeguard and swim instructor.
Ruth’s favorite role in life was that of grandmother, and she spent many happy hours with each of her grandchildren, by whom she will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where the family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a service in the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, 747 Broad St. Providence, RI 02907. www.wjsmithfh.com