Mary Ruth Mirmelstein, 87, of Williamsburg, VA, died Thursday, May 29, 2014. She was born in Russelltown, LA, on March 8, 1927, to Glen Dent and Ray Waller Russell. She graduated as salutatorian from Amite High School and attended nursing school at Touro Infirmary. While a student there, she met her husband Alvin, who was an intern. They eloped April 11, 1947.
Mary Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who adored her family. The founder and first president of the Riverside Hospital Auxiliary, she was also a founding member and vice president of the Brandon Garden Club. Mary Ruth was very active in the PTA, having served as president at her children’s schools.
Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Alvin B.H. Mirmelstein, M.D. She was predeceased by her sisters, Mildred McQueen and Katherine Rouff, and her brother, Hilton Russell.
She is survived by her children Alvin and his wife Beverly of Charlottesville, VA; Fred and his wife Susan Matthews of Indianapolis, IN; Russ Mirmelstein of Williamsburg, VA; Sally Scott and her husband Tim of Kingsport, TN; and Lewis Mirmelstein of Williamsburg, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jason Mirmelstein of Chattanooga, TN; Claire Hopkins of Harpswell, ME; Jeffery Mirmelstein of San Francisco, CA; Kendall Scott of Bristol, TN; Kara Mirmelstein of Oakland, CA, Hunter Scott of Kingsport, TN; and Peyton Scott of Kingsport, TN; as well as great-grandchildren Willa and Eli Mirmelstein of Chattanooga, TN, and Ruth Hadley and Catherine Hopkins of Harpswell, ME.
A private service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olde Towne Medical Center, Williamsburg, VA.