A personal note: Our Ruthie Douglas dies

Ruthie Douglas at the Alumni Day Parade in June 2019. Telegraph file photo by Claudio Veliz

We lost our beloved Ruthie Douglas today. She was not only a writer for The Chester Telegraph, she was our friend. She leaves behind many loving family members and friends and uncounted loyal Chester Chatter readers who for 40-plus years looked forward to reading her latest column that recalled life in bygone days and her take on the latest news.

We’ll have more on Ruthie in coming days.


Cynthia Prairie

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  1. Paulo Adams says:

    I had the very good fortune to have a lovely visit with Ruthie last summer at my Aunt Dolly’s memorial at the Country Girl Diner. Ruthie was the same, sweet, lively and lovely woman she’d been since I first met her in 1975. Jeannie and Donna, my heart goes out to you. Your mom was a cornerstone of what makes Chester what it is.

  2. Rusty Rosenthal says:

    I am grateful to have known Ruthie for many years. I’ve always been sure to say hi whenever I passed her home. Not knowing if she was there or not. Jeane, I still have the arrowhead you and Ruthie brought back for me from one of your excursions to the Mohawk Trail. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  3. Sam Brennan says:

    As a transplant to Vermont, I had the opportunity to live in Chester briefly and had the joy of discovering Chester Chatter. I fell in love with her column immediately. Ruthie’s style of writing about her experiences, as well as the people in her life and in her community made me feel a sense of home even though I never met her and hadn’t met the people she was writing about. I moved away from Chester in 2014 and have continued to read Chester Chatter by Ruthie Douglas every week since. Ruthie, you will be profoundly missed. Thank you for sharing your stories and memories and love of life.

  4. Thomas Hardeman says:

    Such a wonderful soul! She married me and my wife at the “Kissing Bridge,” beside the Vt. Country Store seven years ago (in knee deep snow).
    God bless and keep her. ❤️
    Prayers to the family.

  5. Graham Nye says:

    Ruthie was a positive, wonderful employee..one I still remember after 48 years!!! Love to her family.

  6. Gary Lemay says:

    Raising a Gin and Tonic to my Beloved RFD! My Thoughts and Prayers to Donna, Jean, Joe, and Family

  7. Leo Graham says:

    To the editor:
    Ruthie Douglas was a titain. She was an incalculable asset to her community. Further,she was a dear and beloved friend to dozens upon dozens, myself must graciously included.
    We will not only miss her but we will live on in the knowledge that she can never be replaced or imitated. But we are all better for having had the gift of her company.
    Requiesce in Pace

  8. Beth O'Neil says:

    Very sad news. Ruthie was a special lady who brought smiles and laughter to all that met her. She was one of a kind. My heart goes out to the girls and family. Chester community has lost a true gem.

  9. Betty Wall says:

    So very sorry for your loss Jean and Family.

  10. Amanda Rennie says:

    Thinking of you Jean and your family ❤️

  11. Joe Bolaski says:

    ❤️❤️ I’ll miss the best mother-in-law anyone could have!! Thank you for giving me the love of my life!!

  12. Debbie Aldrich says:

    I love this picture! I had so many good times with Ruthie and so many laughs. She had so many good stories that you could listen to over and over again and still laugh and laugh every time. I will miss her very much. Love you Ruthie. ❤️