Ruth Ann McCarthy Bell died peacefully on October 8, 2012 in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was six days shy of her 97th birthday. Mrs. Bell was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 14, 1915. She was one of five children that included two sisters and two brothers, all of whom are deceased. Ruth grew up in Baltimore and her father, a Navy Fireman on board the USS Ohio, was part of the "Great White Fleet" that was sent around the world by then President Theodore Roosevelt. Her father died at forty when Ruth was only twelve. Her mother, Lydia, raised the five children by herself. She was a kind and caring mother with a big heart and able to surround the children in a happy home. Ruth was an avid swimmer and following her mother's credo to do the best you can; she did! By 1936 she had won numerous diving and swimming competitions and narrowly missed qualifying for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Throughout her life, she was able to travel the world with her husband, Drummond C. Bell, who was a successful businessman and passed away in 2002. Ruth was admired and loved by everyone she encountered worldwide. Ruth spent most of her adult years raising her two sons in Fairfield, CT where she was an active member of the Greens Farms Garden Club and volunteered at the Women's Exchange in Southport. In her leisure time Ruth enjoyed golf, bridge club, reading and time with her children and grandchildren. One of her greatest passions was spending time in her beautiful gardens, which she cherished, particularly her roses. Ruth is survived by two sons, Drummond (and wife Shelly) of Southport and Richard (and wife Claudia) of Greenwich. She has six adoring grandchildren: Drummond IV, Rachel, Christopher, Cuyler, Connor and Molly along with three great grandchildren, Jake, Max and Wyatt.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care Unit, and especially Dr. Donna Coletti and her support staff for their kindness, compassion and incredible care in Ruth's final days. They also wish to thank the Greens of Greenwich for all of their love and good care during the past 6 years that Ruth lived there. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive Fairfield, CT on Saturday October 13th at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the Country Club of Fairfield at 12 noon. To send online condolences please visit www.redgatehennessy.com