OBITUARY

Mirrless Ruth Underwood

Born February 24, 1939

Mirrless Ruth Underwood, born February 24, 1939, died peacefully on February 2, 2018 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents Ruth and Rodney Underwood, of Venice, Florida and her brother, Dr. David Underwood, of Concord, NH. She is survived by her grieving partner, Jessie M. Buck; and a grieving sister, Anita Underwood Greene and her husband Thayer Greene of Amherst, Massachusetts; three step children Todd, Audrey and Jennifer along with three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. When she engaged with them, her ever present inner child came forth and soon they were laughing together with the delight of being alive. Her wry sense of humor extended to others as she dealt with the life given her. Mirrless was a survivor of numerous forms of cancer which provided the foundation for her most popular course on the subject of death and dying. She had many careers starting out as a reporter in a least two newspapers, then became a licensed social worker involved in the lives of people in two large hospitals. Always a learner, she earned a PH.D in Psychology and taught for many years in colleges, hence the course on death and dying. She was the first to teach such a course, and wrote a book about it, using her own experiences, entitled Diary of a Death Professional. As a Dean at Greenfield Community College, she touched so many lives either as friend, teacher, social worker or as mentor. She was a universal lover of sports, especially the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Mirrless will be missed by many for her infectious and engaging capacity to connect with a broad variety of human beings.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abby’s House, 21 Crown Street, Worcester MA.

Memorial Services may be planned at a future date.

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Lisa Herringshaw

February 12, 2018

I took Professor Underwoods Death and Dying class at Greenfield Community College many years ago. She was an amazing Professor and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet her. She will truly be missed.

Jane Johnson

February 12, 2018

Mirrless has taught us all how to meet life's challenges with grace, dignity and a sense of humor. Her memory will live in my heart forever. Rest in peace dear friend.

Judy Crossman

February 9, 2018

I cared for Mirless during a hospital stay and she made an impact on me. She had a strength and upbeat personality that radiated. The care and concern between her and Jessie was beautiful! Rest In Peace
Judy Crossman

Fred and Ann BULL

February 8, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Jessie and Mirrless,s family ,we have had the pleasure of being neighbors in Venice Florida for 7yrs. and always looked forward for a visit during the winter months. She was always kind and friendly and had a good sense of humor she will be missed around the condo.

Lois Murphy

February 8, 2018

Mirrless was an outstanding woman and a mentor She has enriched my life like no other. I treasure each moment I spent with her and Jessie

Linda Malone

February 8, 2018

I was fortunate to work for Mini in my first FT job at QCC. She was an inspiring leader and encouraged me in both my work and home life. I will forever be grateful to her for such wonderful memories and for being my mentor and my friend.

Ann Marie Incutto

February 8, 2018

I had Professor Underwood as a student at QCC for Death and Dying and she was a great instructor and I also worked with her.
Ann Marie Incutto

Linda Pinder

February 8, 2018

On behalf of LeominsterHigh School's Class of 1956, I extend our deepest sympathy to Mirrless' family and her dear Jessie. I had the pleasure of visiting them with other classmates at the Cape many years ago, and so enjoyed our time together. This picture of her is so appropriate. She had a unique brightness that drew others like a magnet.

Mirrless was blest with a "humanity gene" and depth rare to find. She will be missed.

Priscilla Underwood

February 7, 2018

Mini was just a wonderful person. I met her when she was Director of Displaced Homemakers at Quinsig.She was helpful and kind to all. God bless her

Clare Nadolski

February 7, 2018

My sympathy to Ms. Underwood's family. Just last week I was talking to a friend about her. Many years ago (thinking the early 60s) she was at the Worcester Girls Club playing her bassoon. She explained the instrument, compared it to an oboe and to this day, 50 plus years later, I remember her as a kind person who shared both knowledge and giggles. I think of her and smile every time the word "OBOE" is the answer to a crossword puzzle clue. God Bless.