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ASHLAND – Ruth G. Johnson, 85, formerly of Ashland, Massachusetts, passed away surrounded by family on November 27, 2022, in Bonita Springs, Florida.  She is predeceased by just 5 months by her husband of nearly 65 years, Einar (Pete) Johnson.  

Ruthie grew up in Cochituate, a village of Wayland, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Albert (Chuck) and Sarah (Sally) Potvin.  She is predeceased by her sister Sally Koester, and her brother, Charles Potvin.

She worked for years as a bookkeeper for her husband Pete’s service stations and then for his auto parts business as well. She balanced that work with raising her family, which she put above all else. 

She loved spending time at Newfound Lake, New Hampshire, where for nearly 50 years the family gathered for weekends and vacations. 

Ruth was a charter member of the Ashland Massachusetts Lioness Club, proudly holding several roles in that club, which was among the first of its kind.  After 20 years as snowbirds between Ashland, and Naples, FL, she and Pete settled happily in Bonita Springs, Florida, with their beloved dog, Cookie.

Ruthie had an easygoing personality and enjoyed her friends and neighbors very much.  In her later years she was a devoted fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and she loved playing Bingo with her American House neighbors.  Her family will remember her as being a lifelong fan of chocolate and lobster. She was an avid card player for most of her life, gathering family around her for cards whenever she could. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends from Village Walk in Bonita Springs.  

Ruth is survived by her son David Johnson of Spring, TX, her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Steve Sanford, of Mattapoisett, and her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Nicole Johnson, of Naples, FL. She leaves her granddaughter, Amy Johnson and husband Jonny Manzanarez, and her great-grandson, Tyler Manzanarez all of Key West, FL.  She also leaves her grandchildren, Kara and Sean Sanford, and she is predeceased by her grandson Daniel Sanford. Ruthie is survived by her sister-in-law, Jan Potvin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private family burial will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland, Massachusetts, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Pete. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s name at to the Humane Society of Naples.       

Arrangements by Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland.

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