Ruth Evelyn (Jones) Flemke “Nanny” passed peacefully on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021. Ruth was born May 30, 1923 to the late Benjamin Archer Jones Sr. and Dora (Scranton) Jones.
Ruth lived on Walnut Avenue for over 70 years where she raised her family, threw great picnics, held Poker nights, and had beautiful gardens that she tended to. Approximately 4 years ago she made the decision that the house and yard were just too much for her to keep up with and she ultimately ended up moving to Chatham Acres senior housing, a community that she adored. Ruth retired from Rest Haven Convalescent Home in East Hampton where she worked for many years as the head cook/dietician.
Ruth loved vacationing at the Chesley cottage “GeNaSuBo” in Charleston Beach (while on one vacation she won the RI lottery Win for Life on a scratch off ticket), as well as St. Pete’s Beach FL with Sandy and Paul, beach days at Meigs Point, and camping at Hammonasset.
Ruth was a staple at Headliners on Friday afternoons getting her hair done by Carol and later in the evening at Markham Meadows for Bingo night. Ruth looked forward every year to being showcased as the Princess of the Paul’s and Sandy’s Too section of the East Hampton Old Home Day Parade. Ruth was famous for her cookies, macaroni and cheese, lip stick, leopard print, scarves, jewelry, Tic Tac’s, and Hellman’s mayo. In addition to Bingo, Ruth loved to play Poker, Setback, Knock, and PoKeno.
Ruth is survived by her children; daughter Diane Humphrey of Meriden, sons Leonard (Lisa) Flemke of Maine, Thomas Flemke Sr. of East Hampton, son-in-law Paul Peszynski (Lynn) of East Hampton, Grandchildren; Mark (Beth) Peszynski, Jill Kelley, Kevin Unikewicz, Daniel (Billie Lynn) Peszynski, Tina (Matthew) Lanzi, Karen (David) Clark, Thomas (Marcy) Flemke Jr., Stacy Connor; Great-grandchildren Dalton and Cole Peszynski, Steven and Rachel Kelley, Isabella and Hunter Peszynski, Patrick Callis & Madeline and Emma Lanzi, Angelina and Derek Clark, and Katelyn and Dale Flemke. Ruth is also survived by two of her brothers, Robert and Kenneth Jones.
Ruth also leaves a void in the hearts of her best friends Nancy and Susie Chesley and Duane Reich, and Bingo buddies Barbara Goff and Ellen Boule.
Ruth was preceded by her daughter Sandra Peszynski and daughter in law Judy Flemke and siblings Edith Trudo, Betty Lussier, Melissa Emerson, Sidney Jones, Benjamin Jones Jr., and Margaret Blake.
Ruth was also preceded by her life partner “Big John” Squier, who no doubt was saving his “Babes” a seat at the Bingo hall in the sky.
A celebration of life and burial will be held at later time. Those who wish may send memorial contributions in Ruth’s name to the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation 93 East High St. East Hampton, CT 06424. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.
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