Ruth Stebbins Brown De Tar, age 83, passed away Tuesday, July 14, at her home in Cragsmoor, NY, surrounded by family and friends, following a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
Born August 29, 1931, in New York City, she was the daughter of Ralph and Ruth Haskins Brown. She graduated from Vassar College in 1953. She shared her amazing soprano voice and love of music with everyone, making a career as a singer; guitarist, musical therapist for the elderly, and children's music teacher at Hudson Country Montessori School in New Rochelle, NY for 22 years. She was also a member of the Westchester Choral Society for many years.
She is survived by her wife, Kathleen Muldoon, at home; her four children with John De Tar: son, Michael and his wife, Nupur of Brussels, Belgium; daughter, Judy and her husband, Michael Minette of Los Angeles; son, Andrew of Saranac Lake; daughter, Jeanne of New Paltz; grandchildren: Phoebe, Justine, Leah, Chadeayne, Rees, Julia, Liam, and Anneke; sisters: Judith Hollinshead of Chapel Hill, NC, Elinore Brown of Bethesda, MD, and Harriet Borton of Troy, NY; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and their children. To the end she was a vital, much loved member of her Cragsmoor community, which already misses her greatly.
Donations may be made to the Cragsmoor Association, P.O. Box 315, Cragsmoor, NY 12420, and will be shared among Cragsmoor's Free Library, Fire Company, Historical Association, and Stone Church.
A memorial celebration is being planned for 3 p.m. Friday, July 24th at the Stone Church in Cragsmoor.
Arrangements were under the direction of Loucks Funeral Home; for further information please call 845-647-4343 or visit www.loiucksfh.com