Obituary: Ruth M. Coppinger, 91

August 2, 1931 – November 7, 2022

Ruth M. (Kelley) Coppinger, a resident of Reading for 55 years passed away peacefully at her home on November 7, 2022. She was 91 years of age. Ruth was born in Malden, Massachusetts on August 2, 1931, the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Dorothy L. (Kane) Kelley. Ruth grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School class of 1949.

Ruth was married to the love of her life on June 25, 1955 She and her husband, Eddie, raised their family in Reading and created many life-long friendships in the town. Ruth was a member of Meadowbrook for over 50 years, taking full advantage of the pool, tennis, and golf, well into her 80s, rising to championship levels in both tennis and golf. She loved her winters on Hutchinson Island in Florida, where she also had an active social life and many friends.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Coppinger. She was the devoted mother of Susan Olson and her husband John of Reading, Edward J. Coppinger, Jr. and his wife Carrie of Medway, and Robert J. Coppinger and his wife Mary of Rye, New Hampshire. She was the cherished sister of the late Thomas Kelley. She was the loving grandmother of Kevin Olson and his wife Corey, Michael Coppinger and his wife Jenn, Sarah Brody and her husband John, Rachel Donohue and her husband Neil, Christopher Coppinger and his wife Diya, Mimi Allard and her husband Tucker, Abby Coppinger, Seth Coppinger, and the late Johnny Olson. Loving great-grandmother of Lucy, Isabella, Johnny, Finley, Theodore, and Madelyn.

A visitation will be held at the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home 25 Sanborn St. (corner of Woburn St.) Reading on Thursday, November 17 from 10:00am-11:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agnes Church 186 Woburn St. Reading at 12:00pm. Burial will follow at Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Johnny Olson Scholarship Fund c/o The Reading Scholarship Fund PO Box 492 Reading, MA 01867.

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