With great sadness the family of Naomi Ruth Wallace announces her passing. “Miss Ruthie” died on Sunday, April 3rd, at Shady Knoll Health Center, where she spread sunshine in her final months.

Miss Wallace was a lifelong Valley resident, save for brief time as a service bride in England. Miss Ruthie, as she was affectionately known to legions of Ansonians, touched, impacted, counseled, taught, guided and nurtured countless youth in her position as assistant director of the Tinney Community Center.

A child of the Great Depression, Naomi was the second child born to George and Lucretia Brown (Vaughn) of Lone Star SC. Two years behind beloved big brother Sonny, she was also close with her extended family that had migrated North from the Carolinas. Always out-going, Naomi blossomed during her school years, distinguishing herself as an honors student (Ansonia High, Bullard Havens).

A longtime resident of Olson Drive, Naomi was surrogate Mom, Auntie, and Big Sister to scores in the community. A talented designer and seamstress, she shared her creativity and flair for fashion with many of her “children”. Fittingly she was recognized with many awards and certificates for her unending efforts to “light a candle”.

Naomi was predeceased by her parents, George and Lucretia Brown of Ansonia, and her brother, George N. Brown Sr. of Chesire. Left to cherish her memory are her niece and nephew, Deborah Brown of Hamden and George N. Brown Jr., and his fiance Caroline Lewis, of East Hartford. Also left to mourn are her cousin, Brenda Hazzard, of Washington D.C.; her godson, Sebastian; and many dear friends, including Diane Stroman, Lynn Goldson Rice, Lesia Locke and Patricia Reynolds.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Shady Knoll where Naomi was lovingly cared for.

A celebration of Ms. Wallace’s life will be held Monday, April 11, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, 96 Central St, Ansonia, CT. A viewing will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 A.M. The burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia.  Anyone attending the service or viewing must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 safety precautions.