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.