Ruth Morris McDonnell of Hamden, CT, wife of the late Robert R. McDonnell, M.D., died on July 25, 2010. Ruth was born August 28, 1924 in Bryn Mawr, PA. to David J. and Alice Hollywood Morris. She is survived by her six daughters, Donna M. Pieron (Thomas) of Chester, CT, Bonnie M. DuBrino of Antrim, NH, Carole M. Doherty (John) of Underhill, VT, Deborah M. Colwell (William) of Cheshire, CT, Patricia M. Clifton (Mark) of Killingworth, CT, Joan M. O'Connor (Joseph) of Loudonville, NY; eighteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother David J. Morris, Jr. (Madeline) of Tampa, FL and predeceased by three sisters, June Morris, Gertrude Weiser and Cecelia Ulsh. The McDonnell family would like to thank her physicians and their medical staff for their care and compassion through the years, as well as the doctors and nursing staff at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Wednesday, July 28 from 4-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven. Interment in Grove Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, web site or to the American Diabetes Assoc. Research Foundation,web site

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  1. Carol, I’m very sorry that you have lost your mother…mothers are very special. Your memories of her will sustain you and make you smile, although you cry now. God bless you and your family.

  2. Carole, May you find peace in knowing that your mom is now at peace with the Lord and finally resting in His bosom. May she rest in perfect peace. -Bea

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. George and Ammmie Rhone

  4. To all the McDonnell sisters and family: I’m sorry for the loss of your mother and hope you’ll always have fond memories of her. To Joan: Many years ago you told me a story about your mom driving out of her garage and bumping your Honda. I laughed and asked you how could she do that – not to know a car was behind her? Since then I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just missed a car in my driveway backing out of the garage. However, twice (not once), I backed out of my garage when my kids left the back door open and smashed the doors. Almost every day, I think you telling me the story of your mom hitting your Honda. Hope you’re doing well and I’m very sorry for your mother’s passing. Bud Yasevac

  5. Dear Joan and Family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this sad time. Peace be with you. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  6. our thoughts are with you all-we are not able to attend MJ.is ill @ yale n.h.but we have wonderful memories of you parents-the ciprianos.

  7. our thoughts are with you all-we are not able to attend MJ.is ill @ yale n.h.but we have wonderful memories of you parents-the ciprianos.

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