Ruth Lillian Doten

December 15, 1933 - February 29, 2016
Ruth Lillian Doten

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Ruth Lillian Doten, 82, of Hendersonville, died Monday, February 29 at the Laurels of Hendersonville. A native of Holden, MA, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Willard S. Smith and Ruth Marshall Smith. She was a graduate of Holden High School and attended the University of New Hampshire. She worked at the Red Door Gift Shop and Tidman’s Rug Center in Holden and also was a ward clerk at Holden Hospital. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, she participated in many volunteer activities including Altar Guild, Congregational Care, Owls, Circles and quilting.
Mrs. Doten is survived by her husband, James E. Doten; daughter, Donna E. Morris of Worcester, MA; two sons, Stephen J. Doten of Hendersonville and Glenn H. Doten (Linn) of Dunbarton, NH; three grandchildren, Sarah E. Todd (Mark) and Elaine V. Doten of Hendersonville and James H. Doten (Sophia) of Kentucky; two great-grandchildren, Joshua Doten of Kentucky and Patricia Todd of Hendersonville; three step-grandchildren, Amy Corral of Hendersonville and James and Robert Croteau of Massachusetts; step-great-grandchild, Dillon Corral of Hendersonville and several other step -great-grandchildren. .
A memorial service will be held 2:00 Pm Tuesday, March 8, at Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Greg Williams and Rev. Ken Langsdorf will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o or to the charity of one’s choice.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:00 AM

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  • March 07, 2016
    John and Carol Harness says:
    To Ruth's family, We will miss your dear wife and mother. We have enjoyed being Hendersonville neighbors. With sincere sympathy.

  • March 12, 2016
    Kay Foley and girls says:
    So sorry for your loss. So many wonderful memories on Old Salisbury Street.

  • March 19, 2016
    Doris Ann (Gibbons) French says:
    Ruth was in our Holden High School class 1951. She was a good student but not above playing pranks on someone. think we had our birthdays next to each other in Dec.. Mine was 14 & I THINK Ruth;s was the 15. My condolences to you all.