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  Ruth M. (Brown)  Desmond
  Birth & Death Dates:
- 5/12/2017
Ipswich – Ruth M. (Brown) Desmond, 87, wife of the late John J. Desmond, Jr., died early Friday morning May 12, 2017 in the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield after a long illness. Born in Ipswich she was the daughter of the late George E. and Ruth D. (Hills) Brown. Mrs. Desmond was a life-long resident of Ipswich and was a graduate of Ipswich High School. She was formerly employed at the Hayward Hosiery and later Sylvania, both of Ipswich. She would be a housekeeper for several families including the Durey-Cook and the Vivian Endicott families. She loved cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She was predeceased by her husband John on September 23, 2006. Mrs. Desmond is survived by her 6 children and their spouses: Susan Jordan and Jeffrey, Patricia Nichols and Edward, John Desmond III and Patricia, Paul Desmond, Maureen Purdy and Mark, Theresa Desmond and partner Eric Ball. 8 grandchildren: John, Alicia, Christopher, Kerry and Cole Desmond, Dorothy and Adelia Purdy and Brielle Jordan. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Bodge. Mrs. Desmond was also predeceased by her still born son, her daughter Linda and her brother Robert Brown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday May 19th. at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Thursday May 19th. from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Morris Funeral Home 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Mrs. Desmond’s name to: the Masconomet Resident Council Fund 123 High Street Topsfield, MA 01983 . For directions or to send a condolence to the Desmond family please go to: .
4:00 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 18, 2017
10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at: Our Lady of Hope Church 54 Lineborrk Rd., Ipswich
  Cemetery:  Map It
Cowles Memorial Cemetery
29 Town Farm Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
  Funeral Home: Map It
Morris Funeral Home
45 North Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938


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