portrait picture for Ruth Parris Hanrahan

Services: A celebration of life Mass will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St Matthew Church, 216 Scriber Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.  A reception will immediately follow at St Matthew Church. Donations: To honor her charitable heart please make donations in her name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Suite 200, Wilton, CT 06897 or online at www.lls.org/donate.

Ruth Parris Hanrahan


July 1, 1923 - June 20, 2011

Ruth Parris Hanrahan, 87, wife of the late William A. Hanrahan of Norwalk, passed away peacefully Monday, June 20, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital.  Born July 1, 1923 in Harrow, England, she was the daughter of the late Victor James Parris and Edith Woodward Parris.  Ruth served in the Women’s Royal Naval Services (WRNS) during World War II.  It was during this time that she met her future husband.

Ruth was a loving and devoted wife and mother.  She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Norwalk and the United Way of Darien.  She had a strong faith and was active in St. Matthew’s New Horizons Program.  She also enjoyed the Life Time Learners courses at Norwalk Community College. Ruth had fond memories of family and friends at Roton Point Beach Club in Rowayton where she enjoyed her summer days, filled with tennis and swim team and her evenings in the grove. Her family will remember her love of literature and nature, as well as her exquisite works in knitting and needlepoint.

She is survived by daughters Laura Butler and her husband, David of Columbus, Ohio, Martha Spiegel and her husband, William of Norwalk, CT, Katherine Hanrahan and her fiancé, Daniel Fagan of Norwalk, CT, by sons, William A. Hanrahan, Jr. of Fairfield, CT, James Hanrahan and his wife, JoAnne of No. Kingstown, RI;  two granddaughters, Maya and Megan Hanrahan of No. Kingstown, RI; and three grandsons, Oliver Butler of Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan and Jeffrey Butler of Columbus, Ohio.  In addition, to her husband, William, she was predeceased by her son, Peter C. Hanrahan, and her sister, Peggy Parris Gill.

A celebration of life Mass will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St Matthew Church, 216 Scriber Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.  A reception will immediately follow at St Matthew Church.

To honor her charitable heart please make donations in her name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Suite 200, Wilton, CT 06897 or online at www.lls.org/donate.

  1. Your mom was such a wonderful and special person. We will all keep her memory in our hearts. Matthew, Joan, Julie and Duke

    September 28, 2011
    The Potters -
  • Dearest Martha, Laura, Kathy, Billy, and Jimmy, I pray that your sorrow at your mother’s passing will be overshadowed by the many fond memories you have of her. She lives on in each of you! I know I have many funny and touching memories of our times together at your childhood home in Norwalk. God Bless! Betty

    September 28, 2011
    Betty Lagana Tremblay -
  • I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend Ruth’s celebration of life Mass. I have so many fond memories of your mom and our involvement in St. Matthew’s New Horizon Program and Lifetime Learners. I will certainly miss her friendship. Sincere condolences, Elizabeth McGehee Kathy, Although I have not really seen you since our YMCA days, I send my sincere condolences. Mark McGehee

    September 28, 2011
    The McGehees -
  • Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother, Ruth. We am so sorry about your loss. We know your mother will be sadly missed by you and the many others whose lives she touched. We trust you will find comfort in knowing that she led a full life and is now in the arms of the Lord.

    September 28, 2011
    Tucker Fagan & Family - Cheyenne Wyoming -
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