Ruthie A. Hilt, 70, beloved wife of Philip Hilt Sr., who predeceased her, died surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport.

Born in Thomaston April 30, 1947, she was the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Snow Horsley.

Ruthie was educated in Thomaston schools. She worked at Sylvania’s in Waldoboro, Fullers Trading Post in South Hope, and Whitehall Inn, Camden, but her greatest job was being a housewife, mother and grandmother.

One of Ruthie’s greatest passions was spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren, all affectionately referring to her as Nanny.

Ruthie loved computer games, Facebook, reading and living life to the fullest.

On Nov. 15, 1969, Ruthie married Philip Hilt Sr. The couple enjoyed raising their family, yard-saleing and gardening, but most of all, spending time together. For many years Ruthie assisted her husband, volunteering many hours with the Union Fire Department and Union Ambulance.

Ruthie and Philip’s door was always open to anyone. Ruthie was a neighborhood mother, where anybody, young or old, could go and feel loved and welcome! She was a great listener. A warm-hearted straight-shooter, she would tell you her opinion, even if you didn’t want the answer.

Predeceased by her loving husband, Phil, her parents, Thomas and Dorothy Horsley, her in-laws, Donald and Athlene Hilt, a sister-in-law, Patricia Weaver, Ruthie is survived by her two sons, Glen T. Hilt and his wife Julie, of South Thomaston, Philip D. Hilt Jr. of South Portland; her daughter, Amy Stelzer, and her husband, Larry, of Jefferson; six siblings, Clifton Weaver and his wife, Ragna, Betty Small, Priscilla Scott, Katherine Weymouth, Linda Taylor and her husband, Larry, Francis Weaver; eight grandchildren, Alexia Hilt of Friendship, Isabell Hilt of Bath, Emily and Tamra Miller of South Thomaston, McKenzie and Tanner Hilt of Camden, Kiya and Eilee Stelzer of Jefferson; a sister-in-law, Diane Poland, and her husband, Richard; five brothers-in-law, Donald Hilt Jr. and his wife, Margaret, Sherwood Hilt and his wife, Barbara, Keith Hilt and his wife, Debra, David Hilt and his companion, Michelle Upton, Benjamin Hilt and his wife, Kris; a special adopted daughter, Heather Fuller; special friends Jesse Morgan, Brenda and Kenny Curtis, Alielia Hilt-Lash and Melissa Reed; as well as many nieces and nephews and her fur baby, Babe.

Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, De. 15, at Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main St., with the Rev. Wayne Sawyer officiating. Interment at East Union Cemetery will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make-A-Wish of Maine, 477 Congress St., Suite M1, Portland, ME 04101.

To share a memory or story with Ruthie’s family, visit her book of memories at bchfh.com.