Ruth Madeline (Willard) Wyatt (formerly Brittingham), 88, of Milton, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, surrounded by her family.
She was born the daughter of the late David and Mary Willard of New Castle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Preston (Pete) Brittingham in 1973; her second husband, James (Jim) Wyatt in 1983; a son, Lloyd (Butch) Brittingham; and all her siblings.
Ruth worked her early years at Beebe Medical Center and Kent General Hospital as a nurses aide before becoming a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed her farm, cooking, quilting, word search puzzles and visits from her family.
Ruth was a past superintendent and lifelong member of Goshen United Methodist Church in Milton and a past member of the Rebekahs of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she will be remembered by those who loved her. Survivors include a son, Preston (Dickie) Brittingham and wife Patricia of Georgetown; and daughters, Rebecca (Becky) Tisher and husband James of Ellendale, and Linda Hudson of Milton, with whom she lived. Others to cherish her memory include five grandchildren, Lisa Lofland, Mark Tisher, Tara Tisher, Kevin Brittingham and Scott Hudson; and nine great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 6, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, with visitation after noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton.