Petti, Ruth (Watt) 83, of Cranston passed away Monday September 3, 2012 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut she was the daughter of the late Robert Braisted and Rose Collins Watt, and devoted sister to the late Dr. Robert Watt of Centerville, Massachusetts. Mrs. Petti was an alumnus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology with honors in 1951. Upon graduating, Mrs. Petti married, had three children, and ultimately settled in Washington, DC, which remained her home base for over 30 years. As the wife of a Foreign Intelligence Officer, she and her family spent several years in Europe, residing in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Berlin. In later years, Mrs. Petti worked as a cancer research data analyst for several firms in the Washington, DC area. She then relocated to Centerville Massachusetts, to be closer to her brother. There, she was employed at the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds before retiring to enjoy other pursuits. Mrs. Petti moved to Cranston, Rhode Island in 2003 in order to be nearer to her three grandchildren, whom she adored. She was a voracious reader, an artist, a world traveler, and an avid follower of current events. Her keen wit, droll sense of humor, and her love of conversation were legendary. Those who knew her marveled at her phenomenally broad base of knowledge; she was learned in a diverse array of topics ranging from the pedestrian to the esoteric. The New York Times Sunday Crossword was no match for her. Until her death she remained independent, feisty, and intellectually curious. She was the loving mother of daughters Caroline Petti of Washington, DC, Judi Petti of Alexandria, Virginia, Susan Rasmussen of Cranston, Rhode Island, and was a doting grandmother to Scout, Cubbie, and Shepard Rasmussen. She is also survived by her five nephews, Robert, Bruce, Jeffrey, Alexander, and Frederick Watt.
A private memorial will be held by her family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth Petti’s memory may be sent to the Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI 02920.