Obituary: Ruth Duff Eager
Ruth Duff Eager, a longtime resident of Montclair, died at home on Sept. 7, 2020. She was 100.
Mrs. Eager was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 23, 1919, and moved to Montclair with her family in 1923. She was a 1937 graduate of the Kimberly School in Montclair, and a 1941 graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Md., with a bachelor of arts in English.
Following graduation, she worked for Reynolds & Co., a member of the New York Stock Exchange, in the company’s Montclair office, from 1942 to 1945.
In October 1945 she married the love of her life, Lt. Col. George Sidney Eager Jr., who had recently returned from three years of military service in Africa, Italy and Germany. Together they had three sons.
In 1959 she began a long career in volunteerism for Mountainside hospital, contributing 47 years and over 23,000 hours of service. She performed many volunteer functions and in 1969 became president of the auxiliary, serving for 12 consecutive years. She also served as a member of the board of trustees.
During her tenure, she was honored with numerous accolades, including the Woman of Achievement Award by the YWCA of Essex and West Hudson; Health and Human Services Advisory Award by the Township of Montclair; Distinguished Alumna Award by Hood College; Health and Citizen Award by Associated Physicians of Montclair and Vicinity; Florence F. Schumann Award, and Mountainside Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mrs. Eager was a life member of the Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, a former member of the Upper Montclair Women’s Club, a member of Montclair Golf Club for over 40 years, the hospital auxiliary’s liaison with Montclair Volunteer Ambulance from 1981 to 1983, and an 80-year member of the First Congregational Church in Montclair.
She and her husband loved to travel, and often included their children while they were growing up. She enjoyed listening to music and attending Broadway plays, and had a special affection for dogs, having owned four and always making them part of her family. She contributed to animal welfare organizations throughout her lifetime.
Mrs. Eager took great pride in her home, inside and out. One of her favorite activities was working outside in her yard to make certain all was well-kept.
She was an outstanding mother and wife to those she nurtured and cherished during her lifetime. All who knew her will remember her with much affection.
Mrs. Eager is survived by her three sons, Robert, of Peosta, Iowa (Rosemary), John, of Scottsdale, Ariz., (Averil), and George III “Bud” of Hamilton, N.Y. (Kate); five grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathan, Leah, Jennifer and Barbara, and seven great-grandchildren, Laurel, Olivia, Alice, Lucille, Reid, Cameron and Jack.
She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Ethel Duff, and her loving and adored husband of 66 years, George, who died in 2012.
In accordance with her wishes, services will be for immediate family members only; interment will be at Mount Hebron Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to The Seeing Eye Inc., PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375, or Canine Companions for Independence, 286 Middle Island Road, Medford, NY 11753. For online condolences please visit www.moriartyfh.com.