Ruth Ann Dufresne
June 30, 1936- October 1, 2019
After a long illness, Ruth Dufresne died peacefully at her home in Upper Marlboro, MD in the company of family on October 1, 2019. Ruth was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 57 years, Paul Dufrense. She will be buried next to him at Cheltenham VA cemetery. Ruth is survived by 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren, a brother, sister in law, brother in law and 7 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
In her long career as a registered nurse, Ruth worked in operating and emergency rooms and the pediatric clinic at Malcolm Grove Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews. Until she retired at age 75, she continued working as an occupational health nurse at Boys Village at Cheltenham, EPA, the Census Bureau and the Kennedy Center – where she enjoyed many shows, ballets and operas.
Ruth and Paul traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and many countries in Europe. They enjoyed family, sailing, aviation, and socializing “on base” together. Devoted to family, they put both of her daughters through college and provided a warm home life. Ruth had a talent for entertaining and hospitality, and hosted frequent dinner parties. You could always count on her for laughter and lively conversation. She enjoyed the company of her dear neighbors in Upper Marlboro and close friends in Glen Burnie, as well as old friends from high school, college and work.
Ruth was an avid bridge player and was a member of a bridge group at the Officers Club on Joint Base Andrews for more than 40 years. She was artistic and a skilled seamstress who also did tailoring, upholstery, and knitted argyle socks and sweaters.
Although a long illness kept her homebound for the last couple of years, Ruth had devoted friends, neighbors, and family members to look in on her and keep her company.