Ruth Dumbleton Canton, teacher, office manager

Ruth D. Canton
Ruth D. Canton
Posted: October 30, 2013

Ruth Dumbleton Canton, 90, of Moorestown, a high school teacher in the 1940s and later an office manager for car dealerships, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Born in Camden, Mrs. Canton graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1941 and earned a bachelor's in English and history at what is now the College of New Jersey in 1944.

"During the war," her husband, Paul A., said, college courses "were accelerated," so she took classes in all seasons, "right around the clock."

Mrs. Canton taught English at Haddonfield for four years, from the 1945-46 academic year through the 1948-49 school year, before leaving to raise five children.

"Not only did she teach," he said, "but she had charge of producing the high school play."

Though that ended in the 1940s, her involvement with schools did not.

In Moorestown, her son, Paul A. Jr., said, "there was always a big parent-teacher fair at the high school," for families of kindergartners through teens, "and she was chairman of that in 1961."

She was a longtime member of the PTA, he said, because 13 years separated the oldest and the youngest of her children.

As the children were growing up, her husband recalled, she was the part-time office manager for his businesses, first at a Ford dealership in Riverside from 1960 to 1970 and then at a Nissan dealership in Mount Holly from 1970 to 1985.

Mrs. Canton was a member of the Curtis Auxiliary, a volunteer organization at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in Mount Holly in the 1960s.

She was a volunteer for Contact of Burlington County, which, among other services, provides a crisis help line, which her son said she helped manage in the 1970s.

And as a member of the First United Methodist Church of Moorestown, he said, she directed its stage productions.

Besides her husband and son, Mrs. Canton is survived by sons Bruce and John, daughters Lee Sheerin and Lynn, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown.

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