Ruth Chatterton Frank

March 23, 1918 –  August 6, 2010 

Ruth Chatterton Frank, 92, of Wheelock Terrace in Hanover and North Woodstock, NH, died August 6, 2010, in Hanover. Ruth was born March 23,1918, in Dayton, Ohio, the youngest of five children of the late Helen Kessler Chatterton and Rollin Mace Chatterton. She attended public schools in Dayton, graduating from Steele High School in 1936. After high school Ruth attended Simmons College in Boston and graduated in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics. She is survived by her husband Louis Lloyd Frank; daughters Lynda Frank Sanders of Durham, NC, and Terry Frank Thompson of Hartland, VT, four grandchildren, Colclough Sanders Gomez, Kathleen Sanders Bekedam, Peter Alan Thompson and Sarah Ruth Thompson, two great-grandsons, Carson Tyler Bekedam and Tate Rollin Bekedam, and many nieces and nephews. Ruth and Louis were married July 4,1941, in Malden, Mass. During WWII, while Louis was a pilot in the U.S.Marine Corps stationed in the Pacific, Ruth lived with her parents in Malden and gave birth to their two daughters. After the war, Louis remained in the service as a career officer until 1959. In 1963 they built a home in North Woodstock. Ruth had many talents and interests. Over her working career she was at various times a teacher of home economics and biology in Maine, Lincoln, NH, and Alexandria, VA, and a hospital dietitian in Dayton, Ohio. She owned and managed the Patriot Shop, a furniture store in North Woodstock, that sold furniture manufactured by Louis’s company, Patriot Industries. She also managed Govoni’s Italian Restaurant, the Frank family’s seasonal business in North Woodstock. Ruth served on the school board of the Linwood school district from 1964 to 1973, chairing the board in 1966-67 and was vice-chair in 1972-73. She was an active volunteer and patron of the North Country Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, of the Lincoln Historical Society and the Church of the Messiah in North Woodstock. She was a long-time member of PEO, a national service organization for women that emphasizes cultural activities and education for women. Ruth had a life-long interest in education, interior design and art. Her paintings in pastel and watercolor of scenes in New Hampshire and Vermont decorated her homes in Hanover and North Woodstock and are owned and loved by family and her many friends. As a teenager Ruth became an accomplished seamstress and tailor. She made all the clothes she took to college and after marriage continued to sew for herself and her two daughters. With silk brought back from China by her husband she fashioned clothing for herself and wall hangings and other decorative pieces for her homes. Ruth was a wonderful teacher who influenced her children and grandchildren’s interest in education and in the domestic and cultural arts. She taught her daughters to sew and cook with great skill. She and daughter Lynda collaborated on and marketed a line of appliqued children’s clothing in the 1980s, and Lynda has gone on to become a professional fiber artist. Granddaughter Sarah uses her sense of color and design and hand-sewing skills to make and market clothes for collectible dolls. Granddaughter Colclough teaches Italian at Wagner College in NYC. Daughter Terry was an award-winning science teacher and administrator in Hanover. In October, 2002, a scholarship fund was established in Ruth’s name for graduates of Linwood High School who are interested in higher education in the service fields. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on August 28, 2010, at the Church of the Messiah in North Woodstock. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ruth Chatterton Frank Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 34, North Woodstock, N.H. 03262 or to the North Country Center for the Performing Arts, 25 South Mountain Rd., PO Box 1060, Lincoln, NH 03251. Online guestbook at

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