Ruth H. Spear
Rockland — Ruth H. Spear, 91, died following an extended illness, Friday, Sept. 21 at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta.
Born Dec. 12, 1920 in Somerville, Mass., she was the daughter of Samuel and Hattie Carnes Wadsworth. As a young girl Ruth lived in Vinalhaven, Thomaston and Cushing. She eventually moved to Rockland where she attended local schools.
In 1932, Ruth married Edson N. Spear. Mr. Spear passed away in 1981.
She was a hard worker her entire life, and even after having polio as a child, which left her with the use of only one arm, Ruth continued to persevere. For many years she worked in the local fish factories, specifically Green Island and Holmes Packing Company where she ran the sealing machines. She has also worked washing dishes at a local restaurant.
As a young woman she enjoyed embroidery. Most recently Ruth has enjoyed the company of her son and his wife. She took particular joy in spending time with and telling others about her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
Predeceased by her husband; and her siblings, Kenneth and Charles Wadsowrth, Ethel Floyd and Lillian Barrett; she is survived by her son, Edson S. Spear and his wife Patricia of Friendship; one granddaughter Victoria Harper and her husband Jeffrey of Thomaston; one great-granddaughter Ariel Haper; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. at Achorn Cemetery, Old County Road. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Ruth’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.