Ruth Payson Mortimer
Buxton — Ruth Payson Mortimer passed away peacefully after a short illness on Oct. 5, 2012. She was born to William and Clara Payson on Oct. 23, 1926 in Rockland, where she fostered a life-long love for Maine heritage and lifestyle.
She lived many years in Glen Cove, N.Y., raising her adored daughters Ellen and Katherine. She so enjoyed returning each summer to Norton’s Pond in Lincolnville Center so her daughters could learn to appreciate Maine as well.
Ruth was an accomplished painting and floral design artist, which, along with her knowledge of antiques, helped her launch the Down East Shop in Locust Valley, N.Y. which she oversaw until she was able to return to Buxton in 1988. She was so pleased to live her final years in the country with a sunset view. There, Ruth delighted sharing special times with her close friends Marie Darling, Isabelle Libby, Linda McGurl, Jackie Neuts, Diane Oakes and Nancy Stedman.
Ruth had been a devoted caregiver to both her mother Clara and Uncle Lawrence, offering much time and spiritual support in their later years. Ruth looked forward to reuniting with her classmates from Rockland High School and she celebrated her ancestry as a member of the Mayflower Society.
Ruth will be dearly remembered by living family members: daughter Ellen Morun and her husband Mark of Westchester, Pa.; daughter Katherine Armstrong and her husband Daniel of Buxton; sisters Betty Rina and Julia Korpinen of Buellton, Calif.; granddaughter Cynthia Adelman of Philadelphia; grandson Scott of Westchester, Pa.; and cousin Vera Matherson of Rockland. The family sincerely appreciated the care and support offered to Ruth by everyone involved including Cindy Santolucito and the staff at the Springbrook Center. Ruth was also very comforted by the kind adoption of her beloved cat, Drake, by Pamela Thompson.
There will be no public services.
Arrangements are with Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, Buxton. DCPate.com. In lieu of flowers, Ruth’s wishes were to consider supporting the Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME 04092