Local woman, Ruth Brown, turns 105

NASHUA – Very few people make it to 100 years old, but Nashua’s Ruth Brown is an exception, as she got to celebrate her 105 birthday in style with Mayor Jim Donchess on Friday.

Born on June 15, 1913, near Pittsburgh, Brown on Friday celebrated her special day wearing a red and black outfit with her nails freshly painted red to match. From compliments to congratulations, she was the center of attention Friday afternoon.

“Not many people reach that golden age,” Donchess said upon arriving at Brown’s Friday party.

Ruth is the eldest of 10 children, with a 13 and a half year difference between her and her youngest sibling.

After she graduated high school, she took on several jobs, including one top operate a comptometer. A comptometer is a large mechanical calculator, commonly used through the 1970s.

Later, Ruth married Bob Brown on May 28, 1938 and had two children. She now has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The two enjoyed traveling, as some of their stops included Hawaii, Texas, Florida and Mexico. However, her favorite place visited was Sweden because of her Swedish heritage.

A few years ago, Brown moved to Langdon Place of Nashua to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Bob Oliphant. Friday, she received not just birthday wishes, but also a proclamation from the mayor.

“I Jim Donchess, mayor of the city of Nashua, hereby recognize Ruth Brown on June 15, 2018, on her 105th birthday,” he said in concluding his proclamation.

Brown has seen a lot in her 105 years, while in that time developing a taste for fish, tartar sauce, peanut butter and ice cream cake, which she, staff members and other residents enjoyed after the mayor’s proclamation.

Over the years she’s developed a bit of wisdom. When staff members asked her to share some words of advice, Brown said, “Don’t go out and act too wise. Be wise.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206

or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.