Mary Ruth Burke

July 2, 1923February 19, 2021

Mary Ruth (Farrell) Burke, age 97, of Fall River, passed away at home on Friday, February 19, 2021. She was the wife of the late Thomas F. Burke, Jr.

Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late John Farrell, Sr. and Elizabeth (Barrett) Farrell.

Ruth was a Teacher for Holy Name School and Fall River Public Schools for over 30 years before her retirement. In her later years, she worked for her son’s business, Corner Sports Store.

She was the former President of Holy Name Catholic Women’s Guild. Previously presented with the Knight of St. Gregory award, Ruth was also a Eucharistic Minister.

She is survived by her devoted son, Thomas F. Burke, III and his wife Claudia of Fall River; grandson, Christopher Jordan; 3 great-grandchildren, CJ, Lily-Ana and Charlotte Jordan and their mother Vanessa as well as many nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her siblings, Elizabeth Duffy and John Farrell, Jr.

Her Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 PM in Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St, Fall River. Due to current occupancy restrictions, please be mindful that guests may have to wait outside while others pay their respects. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St, Fall River. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s honor may be made to, Save A Lab Rescue by visiting: or by mail, 4319 Gray Bluff Court, Greensboro, NC 27410.



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, February 25, 2021


  • Burial Private


Mary Ruth Burke

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Hugh Reilly

February 27, 2021

Sincere condolences Tom & Claudia, Ruth will always be remembered as a great friend & neighbor of the Reilly family .

Hugh Reilly

Justin Silvia

February 25, 2021

Irish Eyes Are Swollen, But Will Be Smiling Again With Happy Memories Soon. God Bless Aunt Ruth.

Rick Roderick

February 24, 2021

Very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom she will be sadly missed

Barbara Manning

February 23, 2021

So. Very. Sorry for. Your. Loss. Tommy. And. Claudia. And. Family. Aunt. Ruth will be missed. She. Was. Wonderful

Jim Rogers

February 23, 2021

My sincere condolences upon the death of Ruth.
While most of my happy memories revolve around her husband, Tom, I shared many nice times and chats with Ruth.
May her soul rest in peace.
Jim Rogers

Madeline Rioux

February 23, 2021

I had Mrs. Burke in second grade at the Aldrich School. She was such a wonderful teacher. My condolences to the whole family.


Woody Woodward

February 22, 2021

Tommy & Claudia
Remember Ruthie so well. So sorry to hear of her passing.
She was such a kind and loving soul. Always a great smile and well wishes to everyone. Although we hadn't seen her in a good many years she will be remembered warmly by us. Peace to you both and Chris.
Love, Woody & Karen

Christine Dunne Staskiewicz

February 21, 2021

Dear Tommy and family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Mom. She was a special part of our Dunne Family memories as we grew up sharing many holidays and special times with our Duffy and Dunne families.
She certainly has left a legacy of joy and family togetherness for you to remember her with love.

Christine Dunne Staskiewicz and family

Lisa Manning

February 20, 2021

Dear Tommy and Claudia,
without a doubt, I know Ruthie is with Jesus. The photo of her is so beautiful!!
She was truly a blessing to you and to all of us.
the love and care you gave her was remarkable!
Her love with be with you always.
God bless you Ruthie💓💚 xo