Ruth Alice Sherman Lathrop

Ruth Alice Sherman Lathrop

Ruth Alice Sherman Lathrop


Ruth Alice Sherman Lathrop died September 3, 2021.   Born on November 28, 1924 in Ferrisburg, VT, the daughter of Hollis and Helen (Weisenbach) Sherman.  She attended elementary schools in Ferrisburg and Waltham, VT – All were one room schools.  She graduated from Bristol High School.  On January 30, 1943 she married Claire C. Lathrop and he predeceased her on March 22, 1999.  They lived their entire married life in Bristol, spending more than 50 years building up the Claire Lathrop Bandmill, Inc.  Ruth was the bookkeeper for their lumber business.  

She loved gardening, in earlier years a large vegetable garden filled the back yard from which she did much canning and preserving for her family.  She had lovely flower boxes and flower gardens.  Ruth was a member of the Bristol Federated Church, a long-time member of Onawa Rebekah Lodge, Bristol Evening Homemakers and the Outlook Club.  She searched and recorded the genealogy of her families on both sides.  In retirement, she enjoyed traveling, volunteering, senior lunches with friends and moving back to Bristol Village.  

Survivors include her children Carolyn Besaw of Las Vegas, NV, Betty Taylor of Bath, ME, Patricia Utley and her husband Gayl of St. Albans, VT, James and his wife Claire S. of Rogersville, TN,  Thomas C. and his wife Pamela of Bristol and a brother, George Sherman, also of Bristol.  In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Tammy Besaw Denton, Brian Besaw, Daphne Taylor Williamson, Robin Taylor Almquist, Ellen Utley Olson, Sara Utley, Jason Lathrop, Justin Lathrop, Thomas W. Lathrop, Suzannah Costin and Timothy Peter Lathrop, two step grandchildren Morgan and Andrew Verriotto, 20 great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and many cousins. 

            The family wishes to thank Rebecca Moricette, Melissa Bates and the entire staff at Eastview Assisted Living Care in Middlebury as well as Lisa Palmer for her friendship and dedicated care. 

            Visiting hours will be held on Monday, September 13th at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, September 13th at Bristol Federated Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Age Well, 875 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, VT 05446. To send online condolences to her family or for those who can’t attend the funeral service can watch the video of the service which will be located on the bottom of the obit please visit

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Karen Peterson Shastany
2 years ago

Dear Terry and Gayl …. so sorry to read of your mother’s death. I’m sure she lived a full and wonderful life and thus many memories to share in the days and years to come. Think of you both often.

Joe & Julie Forand
2 years ago

Sending heartfelt condolences to the Lathrop family. Ruth was a wonderful person.
Joe and Julie Forand

Betty Brown
2 years ago

Ruth was a wonderful classy lady..she will be missed by many..she had a very unique laugh like no one all the family, so sorry for your loss..

Peter A Nelson II
2 years ago

My condolences to the Lathrop Family. She was a very kind person.

Ruth Kennedy Grant
2 years ago

Dear Betty and Theresa,
I send my deep condolences – It’s always so hard. But what a long and wonderful life she lived! It sounds like she aged extremely well!
Your former BHS Classmate,
Ruth Kennedy Grant

D. Lathrop
2 years ago

Thank you Lee Payne for arranging such a
lovely goodbye for our loved one ,
Ruth Lathrop.

Brown Mcclay Funeral Homes