AUBURN – Ruth T. (McLaughlin) Dumas, 94, of Auburn, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 peacefully in her home.
Her husband of 54 years, Edward L. “Dooley” Dumas died in 1995. She leaves two sons, Philip E. Dumas of Auburn with whom she lived and Gregory L. Dumas of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren; a sister, Jean McLaughlin of Florida; two nephews; a sister-in- law, Florence Mc Laughlin of Auburn; and close family friend, Barry J. Foss of Auburn. Ruth was predeceased by two daughters, Mary E. Vail and Paula D. Vrba and a brother, Robert McLaughlin.
Ruth was born and raised in Worcester, daughter of the late Geoffrey and Theresa (Belisle) McLaughlin. She graduated South High School and later from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing in 1940.
Ruth then met and married Edward L. Dumas in Our Lady of Angels Church in Worcester in 1941. In that same year, Ruth began her dedicated nursing career, working at both Worcester City Hospital and Memorial Hospital for many years. When she and her husband, moved to Auburn to raise their family and to run the family business, she worked on the town ambulance before she became a school nurse for the Town of Auburn for the next 25 years, retiring in1984.
Ruth was a faithful member of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Auburn where she was once the president of the Women’s Group and instrumental in selecting its Parish Nurse. She was a member of the Auburn Ecumenical Council and the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. Ruth volunteered many hours for several organizations including the free Clinic at St. Bernard’s Parish in Worcester.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ruth’s family on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 5-8 PM in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. Her funeral will be on Saturday, May 3, 2014 with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 AM in Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street, North. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. To leave a note of condolence for Ruth’s family or to view her Book of Memories, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com