Ruth M. ( Deschamps) McMahan

November 25, 2006

Ruth M. ( Deschamps) McMahan

RUTH MARIE (DESCHAMPS) McMAHAN – in Woburn, November 25th, beloved wife of the late Howard F. McMahan. Devoted mother of Linda Jean McMahan of Northhampton and FL, Carolyn Ruth Sousa of NH, Ellen Francis Heaps of Princeton, Mary-Lou Healey of Lynn, Sandra Lee Wing of WI, David Frank McMahan of NH and Paul Howard McMahan of Chelsea. Dear sister of the late Eleanor Viertel and Virginia Richardson. Loving grandmother of twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 29th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, No. Woburn at 11:30. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Woburn Senior Citizens Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the Alzheimers’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

OBITUARY:

Ruth Marie (Deschamps) McMahan, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away quietly on Saturday morning at the Woodbriar Nursing Center in Wilmington, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. The beloved wife of the late Howard Frank McMahan, she was eighty-five years of age. Born and raised in Somerville, the daughter of the late Francis J. and Ellen T. (O’Hara) Deschamps, she was a graduate of Somerville High School.

In 1945, Ruth married her husband Howard, who was also a Somerville resident, and they made their home in Somerville before moving to Woburn, along with their four daughters, in 1955. The next few years saw the birth of two sons and another daughter. Ruth’s seven children, all educated in the Woburn Public Schools, were the center of her life. She devoted herself to caring for them and also cared for her mother. She was very close with her sisters and spoke with them daily throughout the years.

Once her youngest graduated from High School, Ruth became active in the Woburn Senior Center, where she and her husband loved to dance. Her involvement with the Center continued even after her husband’s untimely death in 1982. She took many trips with her friends during those years and also found new joy in her life with her twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ruth was also a devout member of St. Anthony’s Parish in North Woburn, where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality and a member of the Kouples Klub at Howard’s Church, the North Congregational Church. She and her husband bowled for many years in the Sunday Night League at the Woburn Bowladrome.

Ruth will be missed by all her family and friends and her memory will remain strong. ‘May the four winds blow you safely home’.

In addition to her husband, Howard Frank McMahan, Ruth was predeceased by her sisters, Eleanor Viertel and Virginia Richardson.

She is survived by her children, Linda Jean McMahan of Northhampton and FL, Carolyn Ruth Sousa of NH, Ellen Francis Heaps of Princeton, Mary-Lou Healey of Lynn, Sandra Lee Wing of WI, David Frank McMahan of NH and Paul Howard McMahan of Chelsea, her twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 29th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, No. Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Woburn Senior Citizens Center, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801 or the Alzheimers’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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  1. Ruth and Howard are remembered fondly by many long-time members of our church, where Howard was very active in years gone by. Our hearts go out to all of you.

    With blessings from our entire congregation,

    Rev. Marian Williams
    North Congregational Church, Woburn

  2. hello McMahan Family,

    may this time of sadness be blessed by peace and warm memories of your mother and family friend in this your hour of deepest sympathy

    with warm memories
    sincerley
    Richard F.Melanson & Daughter
    Christina L.Melanson-Masters

  3. Diane Carr and Cherie Harrold
    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry for your loss and hope that your Mother is now at Peace.

  4. To All Related by Blood or Marriage,
    My heartfelt saddness goes to you all with the ‘transitioning’ of Ruth…mother, grandma, aunt, and old friend.
    Knowing her very slightly, when Linda and I visited her, I know she was a person of great spirit and generous kindness.
    May those she leaves behind, be glad for her easing into peace and harmony.
    Many blessings to all,
    Lynne Lennon

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