Ruth J. (Connell) Russell

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  • "David & Family, We are So sorry for your loss. Ruth meant..."
    - Debbie Miller
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  • "I only found out this morning, from the new owner of 'The..."
    - Steve Sossin
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    - Melanie Wetmore
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    - Kathy Joslyn
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Ruth J. (Connell) Russell, 74, of Manchester, beloved wife to David M. Russell, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, with her family by her side.

Ruth was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, May 20, 1944, to the late Allan M. and Helen (Sherman) Connell. Ruth graduated as valedictorian from Williamstown, New Jersey, High School in 1962 and Glassboro State Teachers College (Rowan) in 1966, taught school for three years, and then worked in information technology at The Hartford for 15 years before starting The Mail Room. Ruth loved her family and took great pride in her legacy, "The Mail Room." She enjoyed vacations and times together with parents, children, and grandchildren playing Pinochle, May I, Blackout, and Bridge. She owned and operated The Mail Room for 33 years working to help people get their packages to the right place with a smile. She also had a strong faith, a member of the Community Baptist Church for 35 years as treasurer, deacon, and choir member.

In addition to her husband, David, Ruth is survived by her three children, David M. Russell and his wife, Nancy, of Medford, Oregon, Ann Marie Wetmore and her husband, Donald, of Newington, and Mary Bombardier and her husband, Wade Reid, of Suffield; her grandchildren, Samantha, Victoria, Chance, Evan, and Anthony; her step-grandchildren, Matthew, Melanie, Samantha, Jessica, and Joey; her great-grandchildren, Emily, Josh and Lily; her brothers, Allan Connell Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, and Roger Connell Sr. and his wife, Nancy; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special friend, Margaret Petrie, of Laconia, New Hampshire, who was very close and dear to her.

A time of visitation for Ruth will be held Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Community Baptist Church, 585 East Center St., Manchester, Monday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, National Headquarter, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111 or

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