E. Ruth Andrews, a resident of Burlington for 7 years, passed away on Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2008. The beloved wife of Larry McCloskey for 19 years, Ruth was 53 years old.
Ruth was born in Chapel Hill, NC, the second of eight children, and grew up in Canton, CT. Ruth moved to California in 1987, where she lived for 14 years before moving to Burlington, MA.
Ruth worked in the computer industry for over 30 years. After a lengthy career doing support for Nixdorf Computer in Burlington and Long Beach, CA, Ruth became a support engineer for Bus-Tech, Inc, in 1992, working first in California, and most recently in Burlington. In 1994, Ruth took a temporary hiatus from the computer business to found and operate South Bay Homebrew Supply in Torrance, CA, for 5 years. Ruth had a love of dance, art, and music from early childhood. An avid reader, she never stopped learning. She immersed herself thoroughly in every vocation and avocation that she undertook, and she'd never leave a problem unsolved. Ruth will be missed as a loving wife, a loyal friend, a devoted daughter, and supportive sister.
Ruth was the daughter of Robert U. Andrews of Granby, CT, and the late Margaret Andrews. Ruth is also survived by stepchildren Jennifer Dawson and her husband David Dawson of TX, Robert McCloskey of CA, and Kristina McCloskey of NV, 6 grandchildren, her siblings Woody Andrews of CA, Bill Andrews of MT, Martha Drapeau of CT, Gerry Andrews of FL, Tim Andrews of FL, Carol Laufersky of FL, and Jamie Andrews of CT, as well as their spouses, and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends. She is also survived by her beloved 16-year-old cat Maggie.
Funeral Services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Friday, Aug. 29 at 1:00 p.m. Visiting hours Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. Interment will be held at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, CT on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to The Lymphoma Research Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter, 36 Trailside Way, Ashland, MA 01721.