Ruth B. King


Ruth B. King, 91, of Vineyard Haven died on October 3, 2012 at Windemere Nursing Home after a brief period of illness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald J. King, the former harbormaster and shellfish constable of Vineyard Haven.

Ruth was born in Mason, Ohio, on September 6, 1921. Her predeceased parents were Cassius and Beulah Browning from Pendleton County, Kentucky. She loved to read and do crossword puzzles.

Prior to marrying Donald and moving to the Vineyard in 1954, Ruth worked for the government during the Roswell incident. She maintained “there is more fact than fiction” to the urban legend.

Ruth is survived by her four children: two daughters, Donna M. Golden of Rockland and Theresa E. King of the Vineyard; two sons, John B. King of Jacksonville, Fla., and James B. King of the Vineyard. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service for Ms. King on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 pm in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven, officiated by Rev. Michael Nagle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Legion, PO Box 257, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.