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Ruth Ellen Spies Williams Penberthy

Ruth Ellen Spies Williams Penberthy, 85, of Chapel Hill, NC and formerly of Hawthorne, NY died peacefully at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill on June 11, 2015 while surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth was born on October 9, 1929 in Mt. Kisco, New York. The daughter of Cora (Humphreys) and Franklin Spies and sister of Frank, who have all preceded her in death.

Ruth graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and was happily married to Richard T. Williams in 1953. They lived in Hawthorne, NY for 38 years, in the home that they built together. Ruth was a long time employee of IBM and held various positions while working there, including administrative assistant to may executives in IBM’s National Accounts Headquarters, and later as administration manager within IBM’s HR organization in White Plains, New York.

Richard and Ruth moved to Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC in 1993 and Richard passed away in 1994. Ruth devoted many selfless hours volunteering at local charities including the Chatham Education Foundation and Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, both in Pittsboro, NC. She also enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends, traveling abroad and spending time with her family.

In 2004, Ruth married Philip E. Penberthy. They lived 11 happy years together at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill.

Ruth is survived by her husband Philip E. Penberthy of Chapel Hill, NC, her two sons, Richard S. Williams and his wife Diane of Raleigh, NC and Robert F. Williams and his wife Laura (Tibbatts) of Boston, MA. Her two grandsons Ryan T. Williams and his wife Jennifer (Hanley) of Boston, MA and Evan F. Williams and his fiancée Maria (Cole) of Burlington, VT. Her loving nieces Cheryl Williams Garvin and her husband Skip of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro NC and Kathy Williams. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ruth's memory to the Chatham Education Foundation, or Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, both in Pittsboro, NC or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: 3804 City of Oaks Wynd, Raleigh, NC 27612 or 46 Upton Street, Apt. 1, Boston, MA 02118.

A memorial service (to be scheduled) will be held at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC. A private interment ceremony will take place in Mt. Kisco, NY.

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