Ruth Tolf Ansell (1954 - 2014)

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BEDFORD – Ruth Tolf Ansell, 60, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her home in Bedford, where she succumbed to brain cancer.

Born to Larry Ansell and Martha Ansell Mokover on Feb. 26, 1954, in East Orange, N.J. Ruth moved to Geneva, Switzerland when she was 12 years old. She moved back to the United States and graduated from Rhode Island College in 1975 as an Education major.

In college, she met her first husband Francis Murphy. They were married in September, 1976. Ruth and Fran attended Fordham Law together where they graduated in 1981. Ruth's son, Gerard Murphy, and daughter, Lauren Murphy, were born in 1980 and 1983 respectively.

Ruth moved to New Hampshire in 1981 where she became a Trust and Estate lawyer. She received her Masters in Tax Law from Boston University in 1988. In 1994, Ruth started her own law firm, Ansell Professional Association, which later became Ansell & Anderson. Working alongside her long-time friend and partner, Christine Anderson, Ruth often spoke of how much her work and clients enriched her life.

In 2002 she married Erik Tolf. Together Ruth and Erik hiked numerous mountains in New England, explored countries and cultures across the globe, attended countless jazz and blues concerts, and doted on their four grandchildren.

Ruth's charitable activities were significant. She served as an advisor to the NH Charitable Foundation, trustee of the Bedford Land Trust, and had various roles for the NH Audubon, Granite State Ambassadors, and Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation among others.

Ruth had a sharp mind, a quick infectious laugh, a generous soul, and a penchant for living. She is survived by her loving husband, Erik; her son, Gerard and his wife, Elizabeth; her daughter, Lauren Murphy and partner, Bill Hyde; her step-children, Tristan Tolf and partner Karen LeBlanc, and Lachlan Tolf and wife Stacey; her mother, Martha Mokover; her sisters, Kathy Yanow and Barbara Ansell; her step-siblings, Ellen Martin and Eric Mokover; numerous nieces and nephews; and her four grandchildren by whom she was adored.

In lieu of flowers the family is requests memorials be made to one of the charities Ruth supported, New Horizons for New Hampshire, 199 Manchester St., PO Box 691, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03105.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester.

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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 11, 2014