Ruth Norton, 92
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FALMOUTH -- Ruth E. Norton, of Falmouth, passed from this life on Dec. 18, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
She was born in Cumberland on March 2, 1920, the daughter of Eleanor (Fogg) and Fred Blanchard. She was educated in Cumberland schools and graduated from Greely Institute, Class of 1938. She went on to Farmington Normal School and married the love of her life, Loring Norton, in 1939.
Ruth's role in life was that of matriarch of Norton Farm. She had a natural ability of bringing people together, be it gathering them around a friendly dining room table, socializing at the harness races or attending her children's, grandchildren's, great-grandchildren's sporting events - for Ruth, life was all about family and people where ever she went.
Ruth's love of others was strengthened by her faith as a Christian and revealed itself in her nurturing care, strong family values, ethical and honorable relationships. Her baking was also heavenly. She had a sharp mind to the end and was grateful for any gesture of kindness shown.
Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Joanne Hamilton of Falmouth and Judy Ambrose of Falmouth; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; her sister-in-law, Gerry Morton; her brother-in-law, Percy Norton; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Loring Norton; and her brothers, Richard and Stanley Blanchard.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4-7 p.m., at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be on Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m., at Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd., Falmouth, with a reception in the church hall after. Burial will be in West Cumberland Cemetery in the spring of 2013. Please visit www.linfdquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Ruth's life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.
For those who wish donations may be made in Ruth's honor to:
Falmouth Congregational Church or the Maine State Society for
the Protection of Animals.
Lindquist Funeral Home
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 19, 2012