Ruth J. Roden, age 81, formerly of Orchid Rd, Meriden, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 3, 2014 in the Masonic Healthcare Center. Born in Meriden on November 27, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Dudley C. Johnson & Mildred Jaquith Johnson. Ruth is survived by her sons, David & his wife Denyse Roden of Northford and Scott & his wife Diane Roden of Meriden and her grandson Michael Howell of Dade City, FL and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her daughter Tammi Roden-Howell and her siblings Dorothy Dutton and Dudley Johnson. Ruth was a retired school teacher for the City of Meriden where she was employed for over 40 years. She also worked as an admitting clerk for Meriden-Wallingford Hospital. She was a very active member of First Untied Methodist Church for over 70 years, chairing many committees and church functions. Ruth was past president of the sorority of Lamda Kappa Gama. She was a very avid traveler, proud that she visited every contienent around the world. She was a number one fan of UCONN basketball and an active member for many years of the Washington Park Fife and Drum Corp. The family would like to thank the staff of Masonic Healthcare Center for their wonderful, compassionate care shown to Ruth over the years. Relatives and friends may call at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Friday, Dec.5 from 5-8pm and may attend her funeral service on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10am at First United Methodist Church, 159 East Main St., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. In lieu of flowers donations in Ruth memory may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, www.masonicare.org/mcf P.O.Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Dave and Denise So sorry for your loss. Its never easy to lose someone you Love, but it will get easier as time goes by. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. David and Scott – We’re sorry for your loss. We share so many great memories as neighbors and family on Orchid Road. Wishing you comfort in the coming days. Love, the Levine and Schultz families

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Ruthie was a great friend and we had many many good times over the years. She was my Uconn Partner and we enjoyed going to the games. I will miss her always but I will remember all the good time we shared. Scott and Diane, Dav

  4. I would like to send my sympathy to Ruth’s family. I am a nursing assistant that has been at Masonic for nearly 29 years and I work the midnight shift on Wooster Two.Many times she would be up in the early hours and she would sit with me and talk about te

  5. Ruth preceded me as secretary for Washington Park Drum Corps. I would go to her house several evenings as she ushered me into the details of the rewarding volunteer position. I liked Ruth, she was matter of fact and optimistic.

  6. Scott, so very sorry for your loss. Its never easy to lose someone you love but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Scott,Diane,Dave and Denise i won’ make it to the services, but wanted to send my sincere condolences on your loss of Mom. She’ll always hold a special place in my heart.Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Jed

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