Ruth Kenestrick

Obituary of Ruth Grubb Kenestrick

Ruth G. Kenestrick, 100, of Annandale, VA passed away on March 29, 2019, at BrightView Woodburn.  She was born October 13, 1918, in Cherrydale, VA, the third daughter of Claude A. and Mary O. Grubb (Bradshaw).


Ruth is survived by her two sons, William V. Kenestrick, Jr. (Tracy) of Falls Church, VA and Robert G. Kenestrick (Judy) of Haymarket, VA and her daughter, Elizabeth K. Merold of Oak Hill, VA; grandchildren, Brian Kenestrick (Taylor), Daniel Merold (Heather), Joshua Merold and Tyler Kenestrick; step grandson Douglas R. Merold (Kathy) and step granddaughter, Anita M. Klein (Mike); and great grandchildren, Lilah Kenestrick, Samantha Kenestrick, Ethan Merold, Harper Merold and Jace Merold; step great grandchildren, Alina Merold, Dylan Merold and Nicholas Klein.  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William V. Kenestrick; brother Walter Grubb; sisters Margaret Spicer and Catherine “Kitty” Bennett; grandson William V. Kenestrick III; and step grandson James D. Bricker (Kenestrick).


Raised in McLean, VA, Ruth graduated from Central High School (Washington DC) in 1936 and continued to Strayer College.  She worked as a secretary for Cooley Brothers, and retired from the United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Service in 1980. 


After retirement, Ruth and her husband Bill, moved to Palm Harbor, FL where they made their home for the next 33 years (Bill passed in 2004).  Her sisters, Margaret and Kitty and their spouses also lived in Palm Harbor, FL.  They were always together - affectionately known as “The Grubb Sisterhood.”  In fact, after their respective marriages, and for only a few brief periods of time, the three lived no more than a few miles away from each other.


Ruth enjoyed playing golf, bowling, shopping, learning to paint, tap dancing, travelling, taking walks, working the Jumble and Krypto-Gram, volunteering at the church and doing Meals on Wheels.  Her advice to everyone - “keep moving!”


There will be a private family celebration of life and interment will occur at a later date at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, FL, where she will be placed next to her husband.


The family is very grateful for the staff at BrightView Woodburn and Vitas (Hospice) and asks that donations be made to Vitas Community Connection (Hospice) in her honor -

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