Ruth C. Colwell

ruth colwell

April 21, 1923 ~ May 2, 2022

Born in: West Haven, CT
Resided in: Durham, CT

Ruth C. Colwell, age 99, passed away on May 2, 2022. She was born in West Haven on April 21, 1923 to Clifford H. & Jane (Vandermooren) Crawshaw. After attending the Stone School of Business, Ruth was employed by the New Haven Gas Company until she became a homemaker. Afterwards, Ruth was employed by the Hamden Chronicle, then Second National Bank, retiring from Colonial Bank. In retirement, she served as Assistant Registrar of Voters in Hamden and proudly as a Justice of the Peace. Ruth is survived by daughter Jane (AJ) Dubois and son Cliff and loving daughter-in-law Heidi. Ruth adored her grandchildren Keri (Bruce) Biron, Shawn Glynn, and Britney Colwell, and in addition, great-grandchildren Isabella, Gabriella, Julian, and Jackson. Ruth was predeceased by her loving sisters Mary and Mildred, and her son Philip.
Friends may attend her Funeral Service Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Glen United Church of Christ, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the church.


Funeral Service: May 4, 2022 11:00 am

Spring Glen Church
1825 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

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  1. Cliff and Heidi,
    So sorry for the loss of your mom. She lived a long, beautiful life because of you both. ❤️
    Jen, Tim, Chase Joseph, and Jaden Colwell.

  2. To Ruth’s family-
    I came to know of Ruth through her loving daughter Jane who was Ruth’s rock throughout her long illness. I believe that Ruth is deeply imbedded in Jane’s heart and that this connection is the ultimate tribute. It is strong and never ending.
    May all of you find peace knowing that Ruth is at peace.

  3. Cliff, Heidi and Jane,
    I always loved Aunt Ruthie! As a kid spending so much time with Grandma and Aunt Kay during the summer I also spent a great deal of time on Evergreen Ave.
    Aunt Ruthie was always very kind and loving and I loved my time I spent there! She always was a sweet lovely woman! Cliff I know you have catered your life to taking care of Aunt Kay and most recently your mother! You are a wonderful man and now you are free of your duties for now! The twins and your nieces and grand nieces and nephews think the world of you, don’t ever let that change❤️ You and Heidi are very much loved❤️ As your mom was❤️ Always have two ears to listen any time! Of course Tim always enjoys your visits!
    Love to you always,
    Sarah and Donnie

  4. I can’t believe your gone nana but definitely never forgotten. The memory of you will go on to live forever. It’s hard to put into words how blessed we all were to have such an amazing women in our lives. I know I was lucky enough to have a grandma like you and for my children to have the time with you that they had. I love you so much I will always go on to tell them stories about you, and hopefully one day their children. Stories about going to see you and when I would sleepover when I was little. Teaching me how to garden and cook, playing uno at the kitchen table with You and Keri , taking me to church on sundays and letting me stay up late to watch movies, bubble baths I would take and bubbles would get so high I thought they would touch the ceiling!! But most importantly how much you loved all of us!! Thank you for being you and loving me the way you did, I’m so lucky I had you as my grandma (nana). I Love and will miss you always.

  5. Jane and Family,
    May your mom rest in eternal peace.
    You were an exceptionally devoted daughter.

    Meg Atzbach Jenkins

  6. To the Colwell Family…
    My condolences on the passing of your mom. I will keep you in my thoughts!

  7. To the family of Ruth Colwell
    My prayers to your entire family.
    Ruthie as l called her, was such a loving beautiful woman. She had a great smile that lit up the room as you walked in.
    In the past of caring for Ruth, I experienced love that she made me feel. She appreciated the love and care she received. Ruthie will never be forgotten. She gave me everlasting memories. She is now an angel surrounding us with love. She has a loving family that surrounded her with love. Ruthie, I will never forget you because you truly loved us all. May you Rest In Peace.
    Love you forever
    Deborah Calandro 💕💜💕💜

    • thank you Deb, Toni, Eunice, Moira, Ashley,Nancy, Maria, Robyn, Carolyn. and the rest of the FB Messenger network & all those I missed. I regretted moving Mom…but you gals know the reason

  8. Jane, I just saw that the service was today. I am so sorry. I know how much you loved your mom.

  9. Good evening Jane and AJ,
    I am so sadden to hear about your mom passing away. Keeping you Jane in daily prayers. No more suffering for your mom. Now she may rest n peace. Watching down on you daily as an Angel.

    Kim Washington

  10. Jane, Cliff and families,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a sweet, kind woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Kathy Morgillo

  11. Jane, AJ and Shawn,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your whole family during this sad time. Keep the memories you have close to your heart.

  12. Jane, Cliff and family, My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. One of our sweet neighborhood moms in our growing up years.

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