Obituaries

Ruth A. Carroll

June 15th, 2015

Ruth A. Carroll (Bennett), age 61, of Wilmington, died peacefully on June 14, 2015, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ruth was born in Waltham, MA, on April 19, 1954; she was the cherished daughter of Beatrice N. (Myrick) and the late David S. Bennett, Sr. Ruth was raised in North Reading but spent her summers as a kid in Winter Harbor, Maine. Ruth loved going to Maine, boating on the Harbor, and making many fond childhood memories with her family. Ruth graduated from North Reading High School and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business from Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

Early in her career, Ruth went to work for Wakefield Savings Bank as a Customer Service Representative; with her vast knowledge and great work ethic she was eventually promoted to Branch Manager.

Ruth met David Carroll and the couple became inseparable; they were not only a wonderful couple but truly best friends. Ruth and David were married on September 20, 1975, sharing nearly 40 years of marriage together. The couple settled in Wilmington in 1983 where they raised two great kids Brian and Kimberly. Ruth left her position at the bank to dedicate herself to her family and raise her children. Ruth was very devoted to her kids and was always active in their school and sporting events. Ruth was very involved in the Girl Scouts as a troop leader and an incredible “cookie salesperson”, she was also active in the Wilmington Boosters Club where she volunteered countless hours raising money for Wilmington High School sports.

Ruth and David bought their own “family home” in Maine where she made many more incredible memories for her children and grandchildren to share. Ruth loved to go fishing, kayaking, and of course she enjoyed her Maine Lobsters.

In her spare time, Ruth was a “Master” at knitting and crocheting; she made many wonderful gifts throughout the years that will be treasured by her family and friends.

Ruth will be fondly remembered as a kind and gentle woman; she was sweet, caring, and always willing to help others. Ruth’s love and devotion to her family and friends was always unconditional; they will forever miss her smiling face.

Ruth was the beloved wife of David F. Carroll, devoted mother of Brian Carroll & his wife Heather of Norwell and Kimberly Flanagan & her husband Sean of Stoneham, loving “Nana” of Pace, Reagan, and Bennett Carroll. Cherished daughter of Beatrice N. (Myrick) and the late David S. Bennett, Sr. of Winter Harbor, ME, dear sister of David S. Bennett, Jr. & his wife Gloria of Templeton. Daughter-in-law of Ruth E. and the late Elmer Carroll of Wakefield, sister-in-law of Paul & Nanci Carroll of Florida, Kathy & Robert Baxter of Pepperell, Sheila & David Parr and Cheryl Carroll all of Wakefield, Susan & William LeDuc of Rochester, NH, the late Joan, Thomas, and Christopher Carroll. Ruth is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.

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8 Entries in Guest Book for “Ruth A. Carroll”

  1. Cathy Bennett says:

    Dave, Brian and Kimberly,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I bumped into her several weeks ago and she told me that things were not going well for her. Yet, she still was the same engaging woman I knew 20 yrs ago! She told me about her grand children and asked about mine. I’m glad I got to spend 20 minutes with an old friend. May she rest in His arms now. God Bless you all. Cathy Bennett.

  2. Madonna Toto says:

    Dear Carroll Family,
    Our deepest and sincere sympathy of the loss of your wife and mother. Hold your memories close to your heart, she was a beautiful person…
    The Toto Family
    Wilmington, MA

  3. Dawn Bilodeau says:

    My sincere sympathy to all who love and will miss Ruth.

  4. Dorothy Bennett says:

    My heart aches for the loss of a very special member of our family. Ruthie always had a special place in my heart. Always smiling, a wonderful daughter, wife and mother. Her grandchildren gave her great pleasure. She will always be remembered for the pleasure she gave to others. Love Aunt Dotty

  5. Bobbie Pero - Pero Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, our deepest & sincere sympathy from our family to yours!
    The Pero Family
    Cumming, GA

  6. Kate (Maison) Ackermann says:

    Dear Brian, I have not seen you for years, but you were part of the foundation of my childhood and you will always be a part of me. My heart aches for you and your family. You will all be in my heart, in my thoughts and my prayers. I have always hated the expression “stay strong” – do not, follow whatever path your heart leads you upon. Know that you are loved and supported near and far, even from a girl you knew so many years ago. With Love, Support & Prayers Kate (Maison) Ackermann

  7. Kathleen Brothers says:

    To the Carroll Family; We as a Tops Family have lost a very important and cherished member. Ruth was such a kind and thoughtful person. Always thinking of others during the months she was sick. We will forever remember Ruth in our hearts. She was the bravest person that I have ever met! She fought so hard. It would be very hard for us to forget her. God Bless your family.

  8. Bill Wallace says:

    Dave,
    So sorry to just find out about the passing of your wife Ruth. My deepest and sincere thoughts are with you, Brian, Kimberly and your grandchildren.

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