PROSPECT — Mrs. Ruby (Russell) DeCosta, 98, of Prospect, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at Waterbury Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Ernest DeCosta.
Mrs. DeCosta was born at her family homestead in Bethany on June 25, 1915 a daughter of the late Arthur and Olive (Short) Russell. She was retired from Sears where she had worked for many years as a head cashier and was a very active member of the Prospect Congregational Church. She was a member of the Prospect Senior Center and the Prospect Grange and was very involved with the American Red Cross having volunteered at many blood drives. She was the recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and was honored by the Red Cross and Fenwal Inc. having a Wall of Distinction dedicated in her name and inducting her into the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame. She enjoyed ceramics and sewing. “Ruby was a true humanitarian.”
Mrs. DeCosta is survived by two sons, James DeCosta and his wife Ann of Prospect and Ed DeCosta of Prospect; a brother, Sidney Russell of Florida; five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six sisters, Lena Fenwick, Alice LaCroix, Henrietta Russell, Edna Clock, Laurice Jackson, and Dorothy Myers and four brothers, Charlie Russell, Merritt Russell, Ernest Russell and Robert Russell.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Prospect Congregational Church, 25 Center St., Prospect. Family and friends are asked to please meet directly at the church. Burial will be in Carrington Cemetery in Bethany. Calling hours will be held at the Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect Congregational Church, 25 Center St., Prospect, CT 06712 or to the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.
To place online condolences, visit www.prospectmemorial.com.