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Ruth B. Thomson, of Gloucester City; Penney's Merchandise Manager, GHS Alum


Gloucester City - As she wanted, Ruth passed peacefully at home with her family by her side, on February 5, 2021. Born in Brooklawn, NJ, Ruth lived in Gloucester City most of her life. She was 88. Survived by her devoted and loving daughters, Debbie Reed, Lori Ryan (Kevin), Ruth O’Donnell (Thomas); grandchildren, Stephanie Osterhouse (Drew), Kristy Marchese (Robert), Nichole Rodgers, Dana Nordaby (Michael), Jessica Ryan, Meghan Ryan, Alicia O’Donnell, Thomas O’Donnell, Erin O’Donnell; great-grandchildren, Sophie, Chloe, Josie, Matthew, Michael, Ava, Aubree, Paxton and Tessa. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, James Thomson on October 19, 2006; daughter, Nancy Blaylock on February 26, 1990 and her son-in-law, Gary Reed on September 12, 2010.

Ruth retired after working over 37 years as a merchandise manager with JC Penney. She started in Audubon and then moved to the new store at Cherry Hill Mall. Ruth graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1950 and was an active member of her “Club”, who took trips and spent time together since high school. Ruth loved to bowl and bowled a few perfect and almost perfect games. The casino was one of her favorite places to play the penny and nickel slots. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren more than anything. Grandpups and grandcats may have secretly been her favorite, and they loved her just as much, especially when she would slip them extra treats. Ruth loved spending weeks in the summer at the beach and going on family vacations. She loved traveling and going to Disney World with her family, and always took advantage of the opportunity to ride It’s A Small World.   Lately, Ruth could be found working with her word search puzzles and playing slot machine games on her iPad. For many years, Ruth enjoyed cooking and hosting weekly Sunday dinners with her family where they laughed and told stories. Desserts were her favorite (especially ice-cream) and she would never turn down red velvet cheesecake. “There’s always room for dessert,” she’d say.

Honoring Ruth’s wishes, visitation and burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth to Ennoble Care Hospice: 1010 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 404, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Please write Ruth Thomson in the memo.

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Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCann-Healey Funeral Home: Gloucester City, NJ Ph: 856-456-1142