Obituary: Kristen Reynolds Ruth

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 6:14pm

Kristen Reynolds Ruth, loving mother and wife, gifted teacher and athlete, died June 17 at her home in New Canaan surrounded by her family. She was 50.

She battled cancer for seven years, inspiring all around her with her determination to live life to its fullest and serve as a role model for her children, daughters Britt and Meg Gardella and son Charles Ruth.

Born May 8, 1961, Ruth was a graduate of New Canaan High School and Penn State University. She was a passionate, active person who approached every challenge with vigor and optimism. She taught at the Montessori School in Wilton, where she worked for several years, and was a staunch advocate for the Montessori philosophy. Throughout her life she pursued skiing, horseback riding, rollerblading and golfing, and traveled extensively to her favorite places in Grindewald, Switzerland, Wisconsin, Vermont and Colorado. Among her favorite locations were the shores of the Narragansett Bay and Block Island, where she boogie boarded, entertained and relaxed with family and friends.

Kristen was the daughter of Ronald E. Reynolds of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Carolyn Swanson Reynolds of New Canaan. She married Kevin C. Ruth, also a New Canaan native, in June of 2001 on the pier at Noroton Bay. They had reconnected in 1999 at the New Canaan High School reunion, where they fell in love at first sight and married soon afterward.

In addition to her love of travel, teaching, crafting and gardening, Kristen was an enthusiastic chef and was known for creating daily gourmet meals with the help of her family. In the past few years she found another outlet for her creativity — painting, which she pursued with her sister Britt, a well-known local artist.

In addition to her children, parents and husband, survivors include Britt’s husband, Michael Bair and their children Alexandra and Jack, who live in Darien, and several cousins.

A memorial service was held this week at the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, Conn. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a memorial fund for the education of Kristen Ruth’s children. Donations in her name made be made c/o Kevin Ruth, 87 Jelliff Mill Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.