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SHIRLEY — Ruth (Henry) Huxley, 78, died on Monday, June 30, 2008, at the Keystone Center in Leominster.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Fred E. Huxley; three sons and their wives, Fred E. and Michel Huxley, and John and Debbie Huxley, all of Anchorage, Alaska, and Robert A. and Doris Huxley, of Shirley; a daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Robert J. Noble of Talkeetna, Alaska; a daughter-in-law, Lea Huxley, of Shirley; two brothers, Richard Henry and Paul Henry, both of Shirley; and a sister, Martha Bouffard, of Leicester. She leaves six grandchildren, Robert J. Huxley, Angela Jahn, Kristina Kane, Galadriel Huxley, Laura Dewey and Kimberly Huxley; and two step-grandchildren, Joey Frelin and Tammy King. She also leaves 14 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, William Henry, of Shirley, and her son-in-law, Paul Dewey, of Colorado.

Mrs. Huxley was born in Ayer on April 14, 1930, a daughter of William R. and Eva M. (Robbins) Henry and was a lifelong Shirley resident.

She was a 1948 graduate of Ayer High School and married her husband, Fred, two weeks after her graduation. She was a 4-H member and leader, Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother.

She was a member of the United Church of Shirley, where she taught Sunday School, and served as a member of the Diaconate. For many years she chaired the toy table at the church Christmas Fair. She enjoyed crocheting Christmas “jingle elves,” baby animals and Paddington Bears for the children.

She worked several years as a patient transporter at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, in Ayer.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7 at the United Church of Shirley, Lancaster Road, Shirley. Burial will be in the Village Cemetery.

Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 6 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Shirley, P.O. Box 457, Shirley, MA 01464.

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