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Ruth T. (Tillson) Lowell, of Winchester, passed away on Saturday May 19th, 2018. She was 90 years of age.

Ruth received her nursing diploma from Mass General in 1949. She loved her role as nurse, homemaker and mother to her children and to all the neighborhood kids she enjoyed. She was the mom who allowed the kids to rip up the lawn playing capture the flag or to race around the house, playing hide and seek Everyone participated in the latest craft project whether it was candle making, knitting, baking or making Christmas Ornaments. Want to work on a puzzle? There was one in construction on a table where adults and kids could sit quietly or chat about almost anything. This remained true even after she moved to assisted living last July.
Ruth's love of animals reached beyond cats and dogs. She rescued and nursed to health numerous squirrels, bunnies, birds and other critters her crazy kids dragged in. The Lowell family always babysat the school iguanas or other fuzzy creatures during holiday breaks. Those baby gerbils had to go somewhere!
Ruth was a member of the Winchester Garden Club as well as an avid tennis player and book reader well into her senior years. She never strived for the meticulous house, the fancy jewels or keeping up with the Jones! She cherished the importance of family, friends, nature, blue jeans and honesty.
Years after the death of her husband Dren, she met her companion, Howie Blanchard. The two were town in town as the cute older couple who walked everywhere holding hands. They were a pair to be reckoned with. Into their mid eighties, Ruth and Howie could be found high up on ladders or doing yard work. They always bragged how fortunate they were to have found love twice.
Ruth leaves her family after a very brief illness. Reflecting upon the past, it's clear how she enjoyed a life out of the lime light. That said, she could be depended on for an outstretched hand, a hot meal or a room in the inn. Her shoes could be filled by few.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late J. Drennan Lowell, MD. She was the mother of Drennan Lowell and his wife Cathie, John Lowell and his wife Stephanie, Tom Lowell and his wife Susan, Ali Lowell and the late Anne Lowell. Grandmother of 8. Dear sister of the late Jack Tillson and Priscilla Thatcher. Predeceased by her companion of 20 years, Howard M. Blanchard.

At Ruth's request services will be private.

Please consider donations in memory of Ruth to Cat Tales Rescue, 920 Lafayette Rd., #201, Seabrook, NH 03874 or at www.cattalesnh.org or any other animal rescue.