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McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Monday January 29th, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Tuesday January 30th, 2018

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Oakwood Cemetery
Tuesday January 30th, 2018

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Ruth O'Donnell

Ruth Killimayer O'Donnell, 68 passed into the hands of the Lord, peacefully on January 23, 2018 at Albany Medical Center.

Ruth was born in Troy on September 29, 1949, daughter of the late John and Barbara (Hawley) Killimayer and beloved wife of Richard A. O’Donnell of Troy, on March 26, 1983, she married the love of her life, Richard.

Raised and educated in Troy, Ruth was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, class of 1967. She worked for 30 years in the graphic arts department of the New York Senate, retiring in 2009.

Survivors in addition to her husband Richard, include her sister Ann Killimayer of Vermont, her brother Jack Killimayer (Debbie) of Pittsburgh, her niece Christine Crouch (Cane), nephew David Killimayer both of Alabama. Richard and Ruth would like to thank all at Rosewood who loved and cared for Ruth.  She was a member of the Trinity Church, Lansingburgh.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh, with Rev. Dr. Desmond Francis, Rector officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

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With our deepest sympathy Dick, we wish you peace, comfort and courage to face the time ahead, your in our thoughts and prayers. Maureen & Jerry Conway

Maureen & Jerry Conway Feb 22 2018 12:00 AM

Ruth was a classmate and friend long after high school. She was a magnificent artist and I sat for her a few times. She had an inner knowing of how things should look on watercolor paper and canvas. I also took acrylic painting lessons from her e 70's . I'm fortunate to have a portrait of me hanging in my home that she painted of me in 1978. It's beautiful. She was also a very talented blues,jazz singer in case you didn't know. A true artist through and through. I spoke to Ruth about six years ago about her portraits of animals, it was the last time we spoke. She was always giving , thoughtful and a gentle soul. May she be with God and Rest In Peace.

Denise von Fricken Wilson Jan 28 2018 12:00 AM

The tide recedes,But leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.The sun goes down,But gentle warmth still lingers in the land.The music stops,and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains.For every joy that passes,something beautiful remains.My prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

Sharon O'Shea King Jan 26 2018 12:00 AM

Thank you, Ruth, for helping me to express my compassion for animals. I remember that you taught me how to care for the tiny mangy 6-week old kitten who came to my door and wouldn't leave. It was with your help that many of the neighbors scheduled time for 5 appointments a day to be sure that she was fed, played with, and cuddled while I was at work. I still remember those events as fresh, even though they occurred many years ago. You were the best. Julie Shaw, Neighbor.

Julia Shaw Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM