Rockland — Ruth Schooley, 88, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family Jan. 7, 2017. Ruth, affectionately known as “Mom-Mom” by her family and close friends, was born in Camden, N.J., Sept. 9, 1928. She grew up in Collingswood, N.J., and graduated from Collingswood High School in the class of 1946.
Ruth was a stay-at-home mom, raising her two sons in Pennsauken, N.J. Upon the death of her husband, Charles, Ruth moved to Cherry Hill, N.J. In 2012, she moved to Maine to be closer to family. Some of Ruth’s favorite passtimes included playing bridge, traveling, spending summers at her home in Ocean City, N.J., and spending time with family and friends.
For those who knew Ruth well, she was a remarkable person. He life was characterized by compassion, nurturing and unconditional love. Mom-Mom was always available to provide support and guidance to her family and friends, putting their needs above her own. This will live on in all of the people she has touched. Her last words were “Tell everyone that I love them very much.”
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Charles, and her sister Marion Villalobos. Left to cherish her memory are her sister Joanne Kerridge of Pennsylvania; sons Steven Schooley and his wife, Robin, of Florida, Larry and his wife, Ellen, of Thomaston; and her brother-in-law, Albert Villalobos. She considered Ellen and Robin to be the two daughters she never had.
Ruth is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kate Stinson and husband Toby of Thomaston, Mic Schooley of Thomaston, Sara Manos and husband D.J. of Rockland, Meghan Schooley of Medford, Mass., Rebecca Schooley and fiancé Mitchell of Waldoboro, Jane Jones and Geoff of Baltimore, and Andrew Schooley and fiancée Rebecca of Cinncinatti. There are also eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Morgan, Lucas, Greta, Caleb, Reagan, Sadie and Meyer.
Mom-Mom loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom-Mom was able to have one last Christmas celebration at her home on Christmas Eve 2016.
A gathering of friends and family will be held at Hall’s of Thomaston, 78 Main St., Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., with a celebration of her life immediately following at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the American Lung Association,122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330. or the American Heart Association, 343 Gorham Road, So. Portland, ME 04106.
To extend condolences visit hallfuneralhomes.com.