Ruth Esther (Martin) Donnelly, 100, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at the Maples Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wrentham, surrounded by the comfort of her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Canavan) Martin and the wife of the late Joseph Donnelly.

Ruth was born on Dec. 4, 1917 in Plymouth. She was a graduate of Provincetown High School and the Chelsea Memorial Nursing School. She was employed as a Registered Nurse first as a visiting nurse in Foxboro and then as a school nurse at the John J. Ahearn Middle School in Foxboro.

Ruth loved to travel and was an avid reader. She loved swimming, flower gardening and playing bridge. She most enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Beloved mother of Joseph “Pat” Donnelly and his wife Carol of Norton, Anne Marie and her husband Terrence of North Attleboro, Michael Donnelly and his wife Dalphna of Kentucky and Thomas and his wife Christine Donnelly of Norwood. Loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 17. Sister of the late Madeleine Holmes.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 58 Carpenter St., Foxboro.

For additional information, please contact 508-543-5471. To send an online condolence in Ruth’s memory, please visit the funeral home website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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