Ruth Parker, a Homegrown Treasure

October 11, 2019

 

Ruth Parker

by Leona Shanholtz

Ruth M. Parker is a lifelong resident of Hudson.  Her family members have been members of the community since colonial times.  She inherits her interest in the history of the community from her parents, Ruth E. and Charles Parker.

Ruth attended Hudson schools and graduated from Alvirne High School in 1957.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1961 with a degree in mathematics.  Coincidentally, on the same day, her mother received her master’s degree from UNH.

Ruth’s career led to work in the computer industry including United Aircraft, and Digital (DEC).

Throughout her life she has followed her family’s interest in history and the community: a longtime member of the DAR; Wattanick Grange; First Baptist Church of Hudson (trustee, treasurer and active in numerous committees); Hudson Historical Society (past president and board of directors member); New Hampshire Society of Genealogists; and New Hampshire Historical Genealogical Society.

Ruth is currently a trustee for the Alvirne High School Trust and Westview Cemetery.  Ruth was named Hudson’s Citizen of the Year in 2007 by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce.  Ruth is well known for her weekly article “Remember Hudson When” in the Hudson~Litchfield News.

Ruth’s active life includes many local and state organizations, an integral part of her life is a close relationship with her family as an aunt, great-aunt, and recently a great-great aunt.  Ruth places a high value on family and the friendships she has maintained for many decades.

In her “spare time” Ruth gardens, home cans vegetables from her garden; provides research for many seeking the history of their Hudson families; and maintains the archives and genealogy library at the Alvirne Hills House.

Ruth is truly a “Hudson Town Treasure,” one we all honor and appreciate.