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Date published: 5/16/2013

Ruth M. Harrell

Ruth Marie Harrell, 91, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

Ruth was born on March 10, 1922, to Robert Fulton and Susan (Bard) Fisher in Lancaster County, Pa. Ruth was the youngest of nine children, and her four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

She graduated from high school and attended business college for two years.

Ruth married Frederick Hilton Harrell on April 12, 1947, and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2002.

Ruth was employed as a budget analyst for 27 years with the U.S. Department of State, retiring in 1978. She and Frederick moved to the Fredericksburg area in December 1978.

Ruth served as president of the VFW Post 10546 Auxiliary, vice president and president of the F.O.P. #15 Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Moose Lodge #1655 Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Frederick H. Jr. of Indian Head, Md., and Ronald L. of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Debra Helman of Frederick; three grandchildren, Shannon Harrell, Robert Helman and Kathleen Fertig; and one great-granddaughter, Brianna Helman.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, and funeral services will be on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Thayer officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Memorial Park, Spotsylvania. Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneralhome.com.