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Ruth Ethel White (?–1941)

The news of the death of Mrs. Ruth Ethel White, wife of Mr. James White, of "Edinglassde," Muswellbrook, on Wednesday morning last was received with profound regret throughout the district. The deceased lady had been in ill-health for several months.

The late Mrs. White was an active worker for the Red Cross Society and Brentwood Hospital Women's Auxili ary, having held executive positions in both organisations since coming to Muswellbrook to reside. Her work for the sick was carried out quietly, and her generosity and kindness had of times helped to brighten the lives of hospital patients. She was one of the sub-committee entrusted with the duty of purchasing linen and other needs for the hospital, and in that capacity rendered a service of very great value. The late Mrs. White had had a long association with the Red Cross Society, and was one of the local branch's most enthusiastic workers. Her interest in the work of the Red Cross benefitted the cause on many occasions, substantial sums being handed in from parties organised by her and held at her home. One patriotic carnival held at "Edinglassie" in aid of the King George Fund for Seamen realised about £300.

The late Mrs. White was a daughter of Mrs. L. A. M. Suttor, of Rose Bay, and the late Mr. Norman Lachlan Suttor, of Bathurst. Prior to taking up residence at "Edinglassie," the deceased had resided at Tucka Tucka for a number of years. Among the many notable people who were guests of the late Mrs. White and Mr. Jas. White was H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester.

The late Mrs. White is survived by her husband, one daughter and two sons, Mrs. Fred Moses (Willow Tree), Cpl. James Suttor White (anti-aircraft section, Sydney), and L/Ac. Peter White, of the R.A.A.F; a!so by one brother and two sisters, Mr. P. L. Suttor (Armidale), Mrs. Walter Barnes and Mrs. Sturt (Sydney).

The remains were interred in the Church of England cemetery on Thursday, the funeral being of a private character, members of the family only being present. The officiating clergyman at the service in the chapel and at the graveside was the Rev. Canon B. C. Wilson (Rural Dean), who was assisted by the Rev. H. Hampden-Hobart.

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  • Suttor, Ruth Ethel

Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia

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