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Ruth T. Bedford, 99

Ruth Thomas Bedford of Westport, daughter of Frederick T. and Lucie Thomas Bedford and the last surviving grandchild of Westport philanthropist Edward T. Bedford, founder of the Westport Weston Family Y, died June 15 at her Greens Farms home. She was 99.

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Ruth Bedford: Edward T. Bedford’s granddaughter. Contributed photo

She would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 8. Her death had been announced Monday at the Y’s 90th annual meeting. (See WestportNow June 16, 2014)

Her death followed by more than a month that of her niece, Lucie C. McKinney, a fellow Greens Farms resident, who died May 10 at the age of 80. (See WestportNow May 11, 2014)

She attended Foxcroft School in Virginia and upon graduation worked in social services. She served with the American Red Cross in the European theater during World War II. She had a great interest in the New York theater and worked for Rodgers and Hammerstein as a stage manager on several Broadway shows.

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