1943 - 2023
VisitationMarch 4, 2023
Dolan Funeral Home
FuneralMarch 4, 2023
Dolan Funeral Home
Ruth Gail Ferreira, 79, of Tyngsboro, MA passed Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Lowell General Hospital. Ruth was married for 52 years to the late David Ferreira.
Born in Lowell, Ruth was the daughter of the late Robert Ward and Geraldine (Fontaine) Ward, and was one of 9 children.
She graduated from Keith Hall High School in Lowell with the class of 1961 and continued on to Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated with her R.N. in 1964. A dedicated healthcare professional, she worked as a pediatric nurse for over 50 years spending most of her career at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell. More recently she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH, where she retired in 2014.
Ruth met her late husband David when they were just teenagers. They fell in love and were married in the summer of 1966 after Ruth graduated from nursing school and David returned from serving in the Army. They had a long relationship filled with love and laughter. Ruth was a wonderful mother to her children Colleen and David, and adoring grandmother to her two grandchildren Hadley and Iain. She loved chatting with friends and family on the phone, and over coffee. She enjoyed playing games, especially Scrabble, dining out, and weekend getaways with nursing friends and her sisters. Ruth loved the beach and spent many summers vacationing with her family on Cape Cod. Mostly, Ruth loved being with people. As a nurse and mother, she dedicated her life to caring for others.
Ruth is survived by her son David Ferreira, his wife Heather and her two grandchildren, Hadley Gail Ferreira and Iain James David Ferreira of Haddam, CT; her daughter Colleen Ferreira of Dracut, MA; her brothers Robert J. Ward and his wife Kathy of Lowell, MA, John Ward and his wife Michelle of Dunstable, MA; her sisters Carole Pritchard and her husband Ray of W. Newbury, MA, Martha Ward of Mason, NH, Mary Cardaci and her husband Paul of Salisbury, MA, Roberta Stradling of Bellows Falls, VT, Colleen Scott and her husband Donald of Nashua, NH, and Jerilyn King and her husband Joseph of Norwood, MA
Visiting hours from 9-10am Saturday, March 4, 2023 followed by funeral service at 10am at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com