Ruth Tolf Ansell
Goodwin Funeral Home
607 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH
BEDFORD - Ruth Tolf Ansell, 60, passed away peacefully on 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 U.S. 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 master's 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 longtime 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 many 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 adviser to the N.H. Charitable Foundation, trustee of the Bedford Land Trust, and had various roles for the N.H. Audubon, Granite State Ambassadors, and Mary and 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; many nieces and nephews; and her four grandchildren by whom she was adored.


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

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

Published by Union Leader on Apr. 10, 2014.
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Sorry to hear of your mom's passing;
may all your memories of her give you comfort... She was a remarkable lady .
gilles daigle
April 11, 2014
We only knew Ruth in her lawyer role, but are deeply saddened by her death. She was a very nice lady. our sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
Mike and Jill Bureau
April 11, 2014
Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Ruth, but it's most obvious that we have just lost a real good one.

Condolences to Ruth's friends and colleagues. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Scott Preston
April 11, 2014
I am deeply saddened about the loss of such a wonderful spirit and community leader. Ruth was truly beautiful inside and out. I considered Ruth to be the leading estate planning attorney in the State and will miss her intelligent counsel. My sincere sympathy goes out to her family, partners and staff for such a tragic and huge loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Heidi Barrett-Kitchen
April 11, 2014
We are deeply saddened with the loss of a talented, thoughtful, compassionate professional who inspired us by giving selflessly to her clients.

Ruth, we are better for having known you.
Clark & Anne Dumont
April 10, 2014
Smart, funny, wonderful woman. The world was a better place with her in it.
mark abramson
April 10, 2014
My sincerest sympathies to all of you. Ruth was a wonderful person and will be missed by all...
Anne Breault
April 10, 2014
My sincere condolences to Ruth ' s family & colleagues. I will always remember her kindness ... and be forever grateful for her help.
Janice Redding
April 10, 2014
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