Ruthann C. Kidd

August 16, 1952 - August 20, 2016
Ruthann C. Kidd

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Ruthann C. Kidd August 16, 1952 — August 20, 2016

Williamsburg, VA — Ruthann C. Kidd (nee Hay), 64, passed away on August 20, 2016 at the Williamsburg Hospice House, after suffering from pneumonia and complications caused by critical injuries sustained in a skiing accident six years ago.

Ruthann was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Hay and Ruth L. (Murphy) Hay and her sister, Lynda (Hay) Catanzarite, all from South Bend, Indiana

She is survived by her brother, Brian Hay, and his wife, Kim of Crawfordsville, Indiana and her nephew and niece, Evan and Nicole Hay. She is also survived by her business associate, caregiver and close personal friend of 30 years, Nigel Muir of Williamsburg, VA

Ruthann graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend, received her B.A. from Ball State University and her Master of Business Administration from Baldwin- College, in Berea, Ohio.

Ruthann held a variety of management positions during her career in Cleveland, Ohio and London, U.K., with British Petroleum (also Sohio and BP America) as well as being a senior director of communications for 12 years at the industrial and medical gas company, Praxair, Inc., in Danbury, Connecticut.

She was an avid sailor and an excellent skier and enjoyed meeting and making friends during her travels in the U.S. and internationally. After her catastrophic accident in 2010, she moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where she faced her extremely difficult recuperation with amazing fortitude, grace and good humor. She cherished the bonds of friendship, kindness and support which she received from many specialists in the medical and physiotherapy professions.

A celebration of her life will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Bucktrout Funeral Home 4124 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsburg Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.


Friday, August 26, 2016
12:00 PM

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4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • August 30, 2016
    Christine (High) Wisniewski says:
    Great women. Haven't seen her in years. Never forgot great times at Fish Lake with the Hays. Sorry for your loss.

  • August 30, 2016
    Christine High-Wisniewski says:
    Great women. Never forgot the great times at Fish Lake with the Hays. Sorry for your loss.

  • August 31, 2016
    Cole Hay says:
    So sorry to hear of Ruthann's passing. Condolences to her family.

  • November 07, 2016
    Barney Boyd says:
    Ruthann and I met in the Sailing Club at Ball State University. I may have been the one who taught her to sail? For certain we shared many happy sails together. We became good friends who then lost touch with the distance and her marriage after graduation. Ah, I will always remember her "Edith Ann", her general great sense of humor and her focus on study. I just found out about all of this - the ski accident, her years of pain afterward and now her passing - way too soon. i am so thankful that she had a loving friend, Nigel to help her through these last tough years. Thank you, sir. I have fond memories of Ruthann and "I Always Thought I'd See You Again". Blessings smiling lady!

  • April 30, 2020
    Bob Goeke says:
    To , Brian , Kim, Evan, Nicole , and Nigel. I Knew Ruth Ann in 1977. She was district supervisor for Central Pennsylvania B.P .oil co. She gave me my first managerial position as an 18 year old kid. I'll always remember her as an encourager. She saw the best in people. I remember her stories about her dad, saying that he taught her how to fix her car with shoe strings and bubble gum. Always positive and business minded with humility , not intimidated. I learned a lot from how she treated people. Always good memories. I haven't seen her since 1979, but what an impact she made on me. I've always been thankful and proud to have known her. Suppose we'll all see her again. Bless you all, Bob Goeke