Ruth M. (Eddy) Bell, 87, died on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich, RI. Born on May 27, 1921, in Providence, RI, she was a daughter of the late Clifford M. Eddy, Jr., and Muriel E. (Gammons) Eddy. She was the wife of the late William E. Bell. After her marriage in 1986, she lived in West Palm Beach, FL, until her husband's death in 2003.
Ruth was assistant promotion manager for WJAR-TV in the 1950's, and a public relations specialist for the RI Department of Employment Security for ten years. She was also director of senior citizens groups in Providence and East Providence.
She served as chairman of the RI Chapter of American Women in Radio-TV, was a member of the National Council on Aging, and was listed in Who's Who in American Women. Ruth had many articles published in national magazines, and wrote several volumes of poetry as R.M. Eddy. She was the founder of the Rhode Island Writers' Guild in 1950, serving in various capacities as President, Vice President and Secretary.
A 1939 graduate of Central High School in Providence, she was editor of the Black & Gold yearbook. She received the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award, and the Campbell Trophy for Scholastic excellence and leadership. She was an alumnus of the class of '47 of Eastern Nazarene College and received the Brown University extension division diploma in 1996.
She was a member of Westminster Unitarian Church in RI, and a member of Unity in the Pines in West Palm Beach, FL.
She leaves her loving sister Fay A. (Eddy) Dyer of Warwick, RI. She is also survived by nieces Helen Antonizio, Dorothy Fryer and Frances Suita of RI, Susan Barnes, Laural Moseley of GA and Bunny Lancaster of VA; nephews John Eddy of GA, Thomas Dyer of IA, John Dyer and James Dyer of RI. Stepdaughters Elaine Bowman, Kathleen Wood and two grandchildren of FL. She was the sister of the late Clifford M. Eddy of Macon, GA.
A funeral service will be held at the Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick on Tuesday May 26th at 12 noon, interment will follow in Swan Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 11 AM-12 noon prior to service.