Ruth Ann (Walsh) Donnelly, 75, of South Coventry, formerly of Gilbertsville, lost her hard-fought battle to cancer on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Ruth Ann was a devoted and loving wife to her husband, Joseph Donnelly, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. She was a dedicated mother to son, John Donnelly, husband of Theresa, and daughter, Megan Taylor, wife of Randy. She was a doting Grandmother to her grandchildren Brigid, Kiersten, Maeve, Colin, and Logan who gave her so much joy and filled her life with happiness. Ruth Ann was the oldest daughter of the late John and Ruth (Frith) Walsh, and she is survived by her three siblings, Robert Walsh, Kathleen Cummings, wife of Bob, and Denise Mylett, wife of Tom.
Ruth Ann dedicated her life to educating children. She was a teacher at Spring Ford Middle School for over 30 years, teaching 8th
Grade English & Language Arts before retiring in 2003. She always found pleasure running into her former students in the community and catching up with them. One of her favorite lesson plans was helping her students create travel brochures because she herself was an avid traveler.
Ruth Ann was a devout Christian and was a member of the St. Columbkill Parish in Boyertown for 40 years. She experienced much joy watching her children and grandchildren follow in their Catholic faith, and she prayed for her family, friends, and fellow community members as part of her daily ritual.
Ruth Ann enjoyed reading, traveling near and far, attending Broadway shows, and most importantly, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She never missed a school ceremony, game or performance as she was so proud of them all. She would travel out of state for the opportunity to see them in their element and offer her support, and she often joined them on family vacations. She was the best wife, mom, and mom-mom, ever present in all aspects of their lives, and she will be missed beyond words by all those who love her.
A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, August 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local “Operation Backpack” or a charity of your choice in memory of our beloved Ruth Ann.