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Ruth J. (Bowen) Tullercash

Ruth J. (Bowen) Tullercash, 89, a nearly lifelong resident of Ipswich, died peacefully on July 3, 2010 at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehab Center in Gloucester. She was the beloved wife of the late Mitchell J. Tullercash who died in 2003 after they had shared sixty-three years of blissful marriage.

Born in Ipswich on February 28, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Olinda (Bolcome) Bowen. A 1939 graduate of Gloucester High School, she married in 1940 at St Peters Church in Gloucester and settled in Ipswich where they made their home and raised their four children.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and friends and family boat trips, long walks through town, road trips and walks along the waterfront and beaches both in New England and Gulfport Florida where she and her husband spent their winter months.

 She was a gifted seamstress, crafter and artist. Her handy-work and wonderful paintings were displayed throughout her Ipswich and Florida homes.

Ruth will always be remembered as truly devoted to her husband and as a most nurturing caring mother and true friend to all her children and their spouses.

She was a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club participating in their many community events and variety shows.

Ruth is survived by three daughters and a son, Janet and her husband Jerry Hannibal of Ipswich, Anne Hansen and her husband Tom of Newton, NH, Jack Tullercash and his wife Marie of  Salem and Marie Rathe and her husband Mike of Ipswich, twenty grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Dorothy Blair of Ipswich, the late Eleanor Gianakis of St Peterburg Florida, the late Marjorie MacLellan of Gloucester and the late Marie Andrews of Melrose. She truly missed her sisters in her later years.

Her funeral service will be held  Wednesday July 7 at 11:00 AM at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Locust Street Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will precede the service from 9 to 11 am. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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