Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1926, Ruth was the daughter of the late George S. Campbell and Kate Hogg Campbell and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, class of 1943.
Ruth worked for many years in Newburyport as an insurance clerk. She was a long-time member of the Hope Baptist Church, where she worshiped and sang for many decades in the choir beside her beloved sister, the late Margaret “Peggy” Campbell Harvey. Since 2008 Ruth had attended the Ocean View Baptist Church in San Pedro, California.
Ruth was a wonderful mother, wife, friend, and neighbor. She will be especially missed by her husband of 73 years, Reginald T. “Reggie” Butt, of Harbor City, Calif.; her eldest son, Reggie Butt of Las Vegas, Nev.; her youngest son, Philip Butt, of Harbor City, Calif.; her nieces, nephews, and in-laws throughout the county, and her many friends in New England and California.
It was Ruth’s wish to be cremated in California and to have her ashes held by her family. Upon the passing of her beloved husband, Reggie, their ashes will be taken to Newburyport by their two sons, where there will be a memorial service, the combining of ashes into a single urn, and burial in Highland Cemetery, Newburyport.
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