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Ruth S. Breece

Obituary for Ruth S. Breece

July 5, 1917 - March 9, 2017
Yardley, Pennsylvania | Age 99


Ruth S. Breece, wife of William W. Breece, of Yardley, PA, died March 9, 2017 in Orono, ME at the age of 99. Born in New York City on July 5, 1917, she lived in many places on the Eastern coast of the United States since her father served in the U.S. Navy. In 1937 she received her AB degree, followed by her AM degree in 1944, both at Duke University. She taught American literature and Latin for thirty years in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Married to William Breece for almost sixty years, she was the mother of William Warren Breece, Jr. who lost his life in Vietnam in 1968. He was awarded the Silver Star medal posthumously in 1968 for courage beyond the call of duty. Her other son is Dr. James Hadlock Breece of Bangor, Maine. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Linda Young Breece, and by three grandsons: Nathaniel and fiancée Kristen Willard, both of Holden, ME; Andrew and fiancée Megan Flenniken, both of Blue Hill, ME; and Jeffrey of Boston, MA. Additionally, a special niece Anne Morrell Goodale of Tenants Harbor, ME; and brother-in-law Garrett Morrell of Newtown, PA.

She loved teaching and working with young people, especially those of the Langhorne-Middletown School District in Langhorne, PA and those of the Ewing Township District in Ewing Township, N.J. She maintained her friendships with many of them over the years through correspondence.

She will be buried in the family plot in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, PA with her husband and older son. Graveside services will be observed on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00pm under the supervision of Elsie Wright and members of the Makefield Meeting of the Religion Society of Friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Makefield Meeting, Care of Elsie Wright, 877 Lower Dolington Rd., Newtown, PA 18940 or Friends Village, 331 Lower Dolington Rd. Newtown, PA 18940.

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  • Makefield Meeting, Care of Elsie Wright
    877 Lower Dolington Rd.
    Newtown, PA 18940
  • Friends Village
    331 Lower Dolington Rd.
    Newtown, PA 18940

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Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
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