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Mirrless Ruth Underwood

Brewster, Massachusetts

Feb 24, 1939 – Feb 2, 2018 (Age 78)


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Doane Beal & Ames Obituary

Mirrless Ruth Underwood, born February 24, 1939, died peacefully on February 2, 2018 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents Ruth and Rodney Underwood, of Venice, Florida and her brother, Dr. David Underwood, of Concord, NH. She is survived by her grieving partner, Jessie M....

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Mirrless played a much more pivotal role in my life than I wanted to appreciate at the time - although she seemed to know what direction my life would take. Her Psychology of Death and Dying class at GCC in the early 1990's was my first awareness of who and what I am. Thanks to her openness and honesty around EOL issues, I was introduced to the servant-leader-teacher role I fill today as a hospice nurse and EOL doula-in-training. I will be forever grateful for her impact on my life.

I attended college in VT with Mirrless back in the late 1950's and reconnected with her at a reunion in 2003. I asked to read her book, which she sent me, and that prompted a correspondence in which she wrote: "Being present in the time of one's own death is an experience I look forward (not anxiously) to...I want to experience the last of my hours and minutes...it's a trip I've never taken before." So, fifteen years later: Bon Voyage, Mirrless. I shall always be grateful for...

I took Professor Underwoods Death and Dying class at Greenfield Community College many years ago. She was an amazing Professor and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet her. She will truly be missed.

Mirrless has taught us all how to meet life's challenges with grace, dignity and a sense of humor. Her memory will live in my heart forever. Rest in peace dear friend.

I cared for Mirless during a hospital stay and she made an impact on me. She had a strength and upbeat personality that radiated. The care and concern between her and Jessie was beautiful! Rest In Peace
Judy Crossman

Our deepest sympathy to Jessie and Mirrless,s family ,we have had the pleasure of being neighbors in Venice Florida for 7yrs. and always looked forward for a visit during the winter months. She was always kind and friendly and had a good sense of humor she will be missed around the condo.

Mirrless was an outstanding woman and a mentor She has enriched my life like no other. I treasure each moment I spent with her and Jessie

I was fortunate to work for Mini in my first FT job at QCC. She was an inspiring leader and encouraged me in both my work and home life. I will forever be grateful to her for such wonderful memories and for being my mentor and my friend.

I had Professor Underwood as a student at QCC for Death and Dying and she was a great instructor and I also worked with her.
Ann Marie Incutto