Mrs. Ruth S. “Nana” Whiteley of 41 Bridge St. in Lambertville, and the Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully at age 99 on Wednesday morning, June 1, in Laconia, N.H.
Mrs. Whiteley was born on June 27, 1916, in Trenton to parents John and Grace Astbury. After graduating from High School in Toms River, N.J., she attended nursing school at Mercer Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton, and became a registered nurse. In 1937, Ruth married Samuel B. Whiteley, who later became the President of Lambertville National Bank, and the couple had two children together, including Elaine Whiteley, who died in infancy.
“Nana Ruth” was an amazing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed being in the outdoors, taking long walks, and being with her family. She loved all animals, especially her dogs. Her family and friends will always remember her as a sweet, loving, and generous person.
Mrs. Whiteley, known to her family as “Nana,” is survived by her daughter, R. Elaine Whiteley Kozlowski, of Moultonborough, N.H.; two grandsons and their families, Christopher S. Kozlowski, and his wife, Christen W. Kozlowski, and their sons Dominic T. Kozlowski and Gabriel B. Kozlowski, of Farmington, N.H.; and Gregory J. Kozlowski, and his wife Eirinn Erny, and their children, Emma G. Kozlowski and Thomas L. Kozlowski, of New Orleans. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel B. Whiteley, of Lambertville; her parents Mr. John F. Astbury and Mrs. Grace Storer Astbury, of Gilford Park, in Toms River, N.J.
A funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at the First Congregational Church at 4 Highland St., Meredith, N.H., with a reception to follow at Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant. Rev. Dr. Russell Rowland will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ruth’s life on June 27, which would have been her 100th birthday.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support, with special thanks to the staff of the Meredith Bay Colony Club, the ER at Lakes Region General Hospital, and Pastor Russ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the First Congregational Church of Meredith, P.O. Box 533, Meredith, NH, 03253.
[Info submitted by family.]