Ruth Mayor

Ruth Helen Mayor (Lauck)

Tuesday August 2, 1921 - Thursday March 19, 2020
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Ruth H. Mayor (nee Lauck) passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Beaumont Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Northborough; she was 98 years old. Ruth was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Volga Region, Russian immigrants, the late Friedrick and Dora (Wasilkow) Lauck. While attending the University of Colorado in Boulder she met her soulmate, Harry Mayor. They married in 1942 prior to relocating to Fitchburg, Mass. where they raised their family. Harry and Ruth enjoyed a blessed 73 years together until Harry’s passing separated them.

Always one to work for the betterment of her community and protection of the environment, Ruth was a strong representative for the Fitchburg Conservation Commission and was recognized for her opposition to commercial interests which threatened Fitchburg’s water supply. She served on the Central Mass. Girl Scouts Council, supported the Cogshall Park initiatives and volunteered at the Fitchburg Public Library.

Ruth is survived by one daughter, Donna Rooks and her husband Robert of Northborough; a son, Douglas Mayor of Murray, Utah; a grandson, James White and his wife Christina; a great-granddaughter, Ruth White, all who will miss Ruth’s caring and loving ways. She could sew and knit like a pro and enjoyed researching her family’s heritage. Her friends and family alike will always remember Ruth’s baking skills; many considered her the best baker on the block! Christmas time brought batches of delicious cookies and Easter meant revisiting tasty treats reminiscent of Ruth’s Ukrainian roots.

As busy as Ruth seemed to be, she would always have time to be a good friend. She enjoyed keeping in touch and had many friends, many of which were from her childhood years. Ruth lived her life to the fullest. Every day was an adventure and she dealt with all of it- the good and the not so good, with purpose and dignity. Rest in Peace, beautiful woman.

Ruth’s family wishes to thank the French Connection for the wonderful friendships made and assistance given; to Lori and the staff at Sunrise in Leominster, a heartfelt thank you to you all, and to the care teams at Whitney Place and Beaumont of Northborough, thank you for your caring support during the last years of Ruth’s life. You will all be remembered fondly.

There are no public services planned. Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be directed towards the Trustees of the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. To leave a condolence for Ruth’s family, please visit
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Linda Waselkow

Posted at 06:51pm
I have been trying to reach Ruth. She was my husband’s cousin (David Charles Waselkow, Sr., deceased March 16, 2017). I’m sorry to have found today Ruth’s obituary through searching Google. My deepest condolences to her family. Ruth was a beautiful lady, in every sense of the word. She was so proud of her family and she will surely be missed by them. She is with her beloved Harry again. May they Rest In Peace.

Allen Hoffman

Posted at 03:36pm
To Donna and Doug and your families: We were sorry to learn of Ruth's passing. She was a truly remarkable woman who had an impact on all who know her. She and Harry were life-long friends of my parents. We have fond memories of both of them
Allen and Carol Hoffman

Warren Muir

Posted at 01:29am
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Mayor family in your loss. Although I never knew Ruth, from reading her obituary it’s clear that she was greatly responsible for her son’s intellectual and artistic talents that my classmate, Doug, displayed during our four years together at FHS.
Stay strong and God bless you,

Kim Cochrane, EdD

Posted at 10:54am
To Ruth's family - Ruth was a long time friend of our family, particularly my Aunt Connie - I have many fond memories of Ruth. When I moved back to Fitchburg, and took on the job as librarian at FHS, Ruth was a huge supporter - she made a contribution to my drive to purchase Kindles for our library, in honor of her own mother. It was wonderful to be in contact with her again. I also enjoyed a short visit with her when my dear aunt passed away, driving Ruth from Sunrise to the memorial gathering we had at the Fbg art museum. She was throughout her life a brilliant and engaging woman who made a difference in this world. I feel lucky to have known her for so long. My sincere condolences to you. - Kim Cochrane

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