Ruth (Donovan) Meuse

June 23rd, 2018

Ruth A. Meuse (Donovan), age 70, of Billerica, formerly of Woburn, passed away with her family by her side on Monday, June 18, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ruth was born and raised in Woburn, MA along with her six siblings; she was the dear daughter of the late James F. Donovan, Sr. and Helen C. (Russo) Donovan.

Ruth had an incredible love for life and a contagious smile that would light up any room. Ruth spent many years working as a customer service representative for UniFirst Corp. before retiring to help care for her two young granddaughters. Her greatest loves were always her family and friends.

Ruth was the beloved wife of William Meuse, Jr., devoted mother of Michael Noonan and Christine Sellers & her husband Kevin, Loving “Nana” of Caileigh and Skyler Sellers. Ruth was the special step-mother of Janine Meuse and William Meuse and their families. She was the dear sister of Robert Donovan, Leo Donovan & wife Barbara, Cheryl Gonsalves & her late husband Paul, Patty Frustaglia, the late James Donovan, Jr. and the late Michael Donovan. Ruth is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 30th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Hall, 1020 Main St. (Rte. 38), Woburn, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Ruth (Donovan) Meuse”

  1. Bob donovan says:

    A truely amazing lady who was loved and will be missed by all. She was able to touch so many lives in ways that were unimaginable. Her time on earth was to bring comfort and happiness in everyone who had contact with her. She was a very special person in my life that will reside in my heart forever. You may be gone but I believe you will be by our sides to encourage and support us forever. I sit here and raise my glass to you and tell you I love you and will never forget!

  2. patricia frustaglia says:

    My Dear Sister. May you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart. Loved you yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever. Your sister… Patty….

  3. Cheryl Gonsalves says:

    My heart is broken. You are truly my best friend and I will miss you terribly. You are with mom and many others and I truly believe you are in a better place. My Saturday’s will never be the same. Rest In Peace my beautiful sister. ??????

  4. Gina (Mancini) Nellis says:

    There are no words to adequately describe what Ruthanne meant to me. At 17 years old, I was lucky enough to meet and work side by side with 2 of the strongest, kindest, greatest, selfless women I’ve ever known. Both Helen and Ruthanne loved me and treated me as family. I will forever cherish so many memories…. so many laughs. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with her entire family…. but my true condolences are with those that never had the opportunity to know her. She was pure happiness. She was a gift. She is at peace.

    Love, Gina

  5. Renee Hanley says:

    Ruthy was such a free spirited woman. I don’t ever recall a time that she wasn’t smiling. May she rest in peace. My love, thoughts, condolence, and prayers are with her friends and family at this time. Heaven has surely gained an amazing woman!

  6. Liz Raymondi & Bill Berglund says:

    May she rest in piece as she has gone home to be with our Lird! No more suffering from Alzheimer’s (an awful disease)
    We will all be together again when it’s our own time to cross over! Prayers go out to you and you family.????????????????

  7. Helen Taylor says:

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  8. Mary Buonopane says:

    There are no words to describe Ruthanne, She was beautiful inside and out, She was my sister in law, and a good friend. She accepted me into the family, the first day I met her. I will cherish the times with her, her brother Jim,and my Mike. I am sure that i will see you again, someday. Until then rest in peace, my sweetheart!!!.

  9. Joyce Noonan says:

    My thoughts and love are with Tina, Mike and the Donovan and Sellers families. Ruth Ann was a wonderful sister-in-law and one of the nicest and fun people I have ever known. She was always so kind. She will be missed. Rest in peace Ruth Ann. I hope you are with all your loved ones who have passed before. I will miss your smile. The world is a sadder place with out you in it.

  10. Paula LeClerc says:

    Chris and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow.

  11. Lisa A Tomaszewski and Family says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. May Ruth Rest In Peace!

    The Tomaszewski Family

  12. Patricia Donovan says:

    RuthAnn was such a special woman, as everyone who met her knows. And especially so in my case. She took me into her life, first and her brother’s girlfriend
    Then as her sister-in-law when Jim and I married. Over the next 24 years, she became my closest friend, confidant, and very special Auntie to Jim an mine’s daughter Cassie. I have missed her every day since I left Massachusetts in 2009, and it tore me apart inside that I wasn’t there to help her when that horrible disease started. Now she’s an bearded Angel, and i have no doubts Cassie, who adored her, and joined by her father Jim, uncle Mike and Uncle Paul, and another fantastic lady, her Mom Helen, my mom-in’laaw, and Nana, and many others were there to greet her. RIP my dear RuthAnn. I love you and look forward to the day I see you again in Heaven.

  13. Charles culhane says:

    Meuse/Donovan family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,
    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  14. Kelly says:

    I am still in great denial as I can’t bare the thought of never seeing her smile and hearing her laugh. She was my goombah! Love you RuthAnn. You, Ele , Linda , and Helen are all sitting at the kitchen table again! That gives me some solace. My condolences to all that love her. There’s many!

  15. Sandra and Bill Coakley says:

    Tina and Michael so sorry for the loss of your mom.Linda your mom and me grew up together they were the best people I new love and miss them. Your mom was one great lady. Rest In Peace Ruthann

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