Ruth B. Mills

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Ruth B. Mills, 89

YARMOUTH - Ruth B. Mills, 89, of Yarmouth, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, with her loving family at her side.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1928, in Parkman, one of two children of Archie J. and Evelyn P. Boutot. She attended Parkman and Guilford Schools, and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston.

While in Boston, she met her husband, Henry Wadsworth Kaniaulono Mills, a college student from Hawaii. They were married on April 7, 1951, and settled in Maine; first Portland, then Yarmouth, living in Hawaii during brief periods in 1951 and 1961-63.

Family was the center of Ruth's life. She lived in Yarmouth for more than 50 years, where she and Hank raised seven children. She was part of the large Pinette family that settled in Guilford, Maine. She stayed in close touch with her sister Didi and valued visits with extended family. She enjoyed many holiday gatherings with her children and their families over the years, which always included her cousin, Rev. James Knox.

Ruth was trained as a medical secretary, and worked for doctors in Maine and Hawaii. After her youngest child started school, she returned to work, first as a payroll clerk at Royal River Packing Company, then as a commercial property underwriter at New Hampshire Insurance Group. Following her retirement, for over 20 years she volunteered every Tuesday at the Good Cause Thrift Shop in Portland, with her friend, Theo Colello.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband on Oct. 31, 1985, and her sister, C. Dolores Schulz, on Dec. 26, 2010.

She is survived by her seven children, Patricia (Kevin) Brown, of Gray; Jeffrey (Janet) Mills, of Brunswick; Margaret Mills (Henry Beeuwkes), of Saco; Katherine Mills, of Yarmouth; Rebecca (Joseph) Beote, of Gray; Jon Mills, of Yarmouth; and Bruce Mills (Sarah Hewes, fiancée), of Portland; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Jeff) Wood, Ian Brown, Jennifer (Drew) Primavera, Stephanie (Tim) Owens, Claire Beeuwkes, Joseph Beote, Rachael Beote, Jack Mills, Olivia Mills, Eric Mills, and Laura Mills; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Owens and Anson Wood; and several cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Cedars and Mercy Hospital for their kind and expert care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. At Ruth's request, there will be no visiting hours and burial will be private.









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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 14, 2017
Ruth B Mills
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