Ruth V. Bigelow

August 14, 1929June 28, 2018

Ruth Virginia Bigelow, age 88, passed away on June 28, 2018 at Clifton Rehabilitation Center in Somerset. She was the wife of the late Ralph Weston Bigelow.

Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Jane E. “Nellie” (Blackburn) Dormer. Ruth spent most of her childhood in Fall River until moving to Somerset and Swansea. She then moved to Assonet with her husband and family for 29 years until moving back to Fall River in 2000.

Ruth was a proud singer with the Rainbow Girls and worked at Woolworths and Newberry in Rhode Island. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and was an avid book reader.

She is survived by her two children, William “Billy” Bigelow and Deborah E. Bigelow both of Fall River; two sisters Joan Buchanan and Janet Harrington; she was the sister of the late William H. Dormer Jr.

All services are private. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. , Framingham, MA 01701.


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