Ruth A. McDermott, 91, Bristol


Ruth Alice McDermott, 91, of Bristol, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at Franklin Court Assisted Living in Bristol, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Edwin B. McDermott.

Born in Attleboro, MA, a daughter of the late George F. and Katherine (Montague) Lovely, she was a life-long area resident, and a graduate of Attleboro High School and the URI School of Library Science. Mrs. McDermott worked as a library assistant at the Deborah Cook Sales Public Library in Pawtucket for many years until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, the Rhode Island Historical Society, volunteered at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Home, served as a docent at the John Brown House in Providence, and was an active parishioner at St. Raymond’s Church in Providence. She was a phenomenal cook, and enjoyed reading, gardening, serving on civic and church committees, and traveling with her late husband.

She leaves behind a daughter, Maureen McDermott of Louisville, KY; a son, Daniel McDermott and his wife Roberta of Bristol; her grandson, Joseph McDermott of Bristol; her great-grandchildren, Owen, Liam, Noah and Jack, sons of Joseph McDermott and Hilary Grieve-McDermott; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Frank, Edward, Thomas, Joseph, James, Leo and Mary Lovely.

Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where the family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Funeral services are at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Bristol. Burial will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery in Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 N. Main St. Providence, RI 02904, or the Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St. Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906. See


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