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Ruth Frances (Perras) Sorel Annis

1936 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS Mrs. Ruth Frances (Perras) Sorel Annis, 78, died Wednesday Oct. 22, at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield. Ruth was born in North Adams, on Oct. 9, 1936 daughter of Franklin E. and Pearl (Burdick) Perras. She was later the stepdaughter of Lawrence Briggs. She was a graduate of the Drury High School class of 1954. During her younger years, Ruth was a dedicated auxiliary member with the Hinsdale Fire Department. She also worked as a caregiver for several area families and would later become a homemaker and go on to raise her four children. Ruth enjoyed watching nature programs and old movies, as well as crocheting, playing piano, and tending to her flowers and plants. Special occasions and backyard cookouts with nieces and nephews brought her much happiness. But it was the quiet visits with grandchildren that brought her the most joy. Hearing about their daily lives and adventures made her increasingly proud of each one of them. During the past several years, while residing at St. Joseph's Court, North Adams, Ruth was blessed to have the company of both new friends and childhood cousins. She spent much of her time laughing with them and reminiscing over her fondest years of growing up on Florida Mountain. She loved them all. Survivors include two sons, Jamie E. Sorel of Linden, N.C., and Joel A. Sorel of Cheshire; and two daughters, Jody L. Mason of Melbourne, Fla., and Rebecca L. Cole with her husband, Gerald E. Cole III, who reside in Adams; seven grandchildren, Kathleen Sorel, Kaylee and Brandon Sorel, Diana and Sydney Mason, Whitney and Megan Cole. Ruth also leaves her sister, Florence Proulx of Dracut; and her brother, Franklin Perras of North Adams. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Clara Lewis; and brother, Lawrence Perras; as well as two stepsiblings, Mildred Fessenden and Robert Briggs. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be Wednesday Oct. 29, at 12 Noon at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams officiated by the Rev. Roy Burdick. Burial will follow in the Florida Church Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday morning from 10 - 12. For further information, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 26, 2014
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