Ruth Powers Spinale, 83, of North Attleboro on Thursday, October 23, 2016.
Ruth was born to the late Ruth and Edward Byrne in Beverly Farms, MA. She graduated from Salem State College with her teaching degree in 1955, the same year she met and married her late, beloved husband, Frank Spinale.
Ruth was dedicated to education. After raising five children she resumed her love for teaching by working in the North Attleboro schools. She taught at the Junior High School for several years and then found tremendous joy teaching gardening to students in the Middle School Life Skills class. She later transitioned to tutoring students within the North Attleboro Public School system until her retirement.
Ruth, known to many as "The Hosta Lady", truly loved sharing her passion for gardening with others. For many years she could be found at Saint Mark's tending their gardens on "Weeding Wednesdays". She was also an avid birdwatcher. Ruth loved baking, singing in Saint Mark's Choir, performing random acts of kindness, traveling and visiting her children throughout the US and abroad however, her most treasured moments were spent with family and friends in North Truro.
Ruth was an active member of the Angle Tree Garden Club and served as a Eucharistic Minister and choir member at Saint Mark’s Church. She was incredibly honored to have been awarded the Marian Medal for her work and dedication to Saint Mark's parish.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Frank “Guy” Spinale and his wife Paula of Columbia, SC, Patty Spinale and her husband Geoffrey Hall of New Orleans, LA, Anne Lonzo and her fiancé Phil Cote of North Attleboro, Peter Spinale and his wife Lisa of Phoenix, AZ, Tina Spinale and her husband Eric Hickman of Dallas, TX. She cherished her grandchildren Emily Furey and her husband Shawn of Andover, MA, Mary Lonzo, Eddy Lonzo and Grace Lonzo of North Attleboro, Carlo Spinale of Phoenix, AZ and Lcpl. Dillon Cohen of Columbia, SC. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Our heartfelt thanks to Sunrise Assisted Living of Norwood, VNA hospice and a special thanks to Michelle McGovern for her loving care of Ruth. Memorial donations can be made in Ruth’s honor to the Massachusetts Audubon Society http://www.massaudubon.org or WGBH – public television http://www.wgbh.org