Ruth Davis Gershman


Gershman, Ruth Davis “Mema,” having lived a full life, faded away at the age of 105 years on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul Gershman.  Born in Providence, a daughter Nathan and Rebecca (Goldsmith) Davis, she was a resident of Warwick for over 40 years, previously living in Providence. She was a clerk for RI Family Court for 13 years, retiring in 1979. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Hadassah, Miriam Hospital Woman’s Auxilury, Eastern Star, and the former JHA Women’s Association.  Ruth graduated Hope High School, class of ’31. She was the devoted mother of Judith Goodman and her husband, Norman, of Warwick and Pamela Cohen and her husband, Joel, of Warwick.  Dear sister of the late Judge Louis Davis, Dinah Sholovitz, Gladyce Davis, Sylvia Kirshenbaum, and Miriam Feinstein. Loving grandmother of Linda Weisman and her husband, Bruce, of Warwick, and Andrew Goodman of Boston, MA. Cherished great grandmother of Stacey Boisvert and her husband, Brett, of Framingham, MA. Adored great great grandmother of Nathan Joseph. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Jewish Collaborative Services, 1165 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904, or Hope Hospice, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904, or the charity of your choice. Shiva will be observed at Tamarisk, 3 Shalom Dr., Warwick, Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 and at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Cohen, Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 & 7-9, Friday 2-4, Sunday and Monday, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.


  1. Debbie RICH
    May 12, 2019

    May her memory be for a blessing.

  2. Michael Field
    May 13, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Pam and Barry Schiff
    May 13, 2019

    May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort, peace and strength during this difficult. May her memory forever be a blessing.

  4. Mel Lipson
    May 13, 2019

    Sincerest condolences to the Davis and Gershman families. Ruth was my Mother’s dearest and longest girlfriend, from childhood on the East Side to the condos in Warwick, from which my parents moved to California. Ruth and Paul were also good friends of Esta and Nat.

  5. Adam Halpern
    May 14, 2019

    Linda and Bruce. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Linda’s grandmother and Stacy’s great grandmother. She lived a very long and loving life. May she rest in peace.

  6. Joyce and Sanford Miller
    May 14, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful mother.

  7. Beverly Paris
    May 14, 2019

    Dear Judy, Pam and the entire Gershman and Davis
    family. May all her memories bring you
    all peace and comfort She was a special woman and it was a pleasure to know her and to play MaJongg with her.
    She was an example to all of us.
    Rest In Peace Ruth.

    Beverly Paris

  8. Roselyn De Quattro
    May 14, 2019

    I have known Ruth for over 50 years. We worked together at the Rhode Island Family Court. She was a special woman. I will never forget her. My deepest condolences to Pam, Judy and her
    entire family.

    Rest in peace Ruth.

    Roselyn De Quattro

  9. Ellen Gourse
    May 14, 2019

    To the Gershman,

    I am sorry for your loss. My your memories help during this difficult time

    Ellen Gourse

  10. Kathi Darigan
    May 16, 2019

    Pam and Family,

    Ruth was a lovely lady. I am sorry to learn of her passing. My condolences to you and all your family. She was remarkable as evidenced by her long life. She was an inspiration to all whose lives she touched. She was always gracious and had a loving spirit. God rest her soul.

    Kathi Darigan

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