Ruth Ann Riley, 75, went to her heavenly home Feb. 13, 2018, with her loving family by her side after a battle with multiple health issues. Ruth Ann was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Rockland, to parents Vernon and Ruth E. (Flinton) Dodge.

After attending local schools, Ruth’s major goals in life were the raising of her children and working to support them. Ruth did many jobs throughout her lifetime, including being a waitress, a cook, packing sardines at the local sardine factories, working at Van Ballen’s clothing factory, and in the local nursing homes as a CNA/caregiver. Ruth even took a turn as a bricklayer and concrete foundation sealer.

In Ruth’s spare time, she enjoyed painting watercolors, crocheting, cooking, camping, visiting lighthouses and settling down with a good book to read. Her collections of lighthouses and teddy bears were always enjoyed by her family.

Ruth enjoyed being a member of AA, VFW auxiliary, the Daisies (as a young girl), the Pilgrims Community Church (her pride and joy), where she could be referred to as Ruthie, Angel, The Teddy Bear Lady, Mom, Nana and Great Nana.

Ruth always wanted to support the local nonprofit agencies. She took pride in donating to the area’s veterans' groups, firefighters, law enforcement, breast cancer survivors, and Alzheimer’s support groups.

Left to cherish her memories are her son, Timothy Riley, of Portland; her daughters, Tammy Armstrong and husband Chris of Washington,. along with Ruthie Gene Lovelace of Dixfield.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Blair Armstrong of Washington, Lance and Kendra Lailer of Washington, Crystal Parmenter of Starks, Christopher Armstrong and Shyann Metcalf of Jefferson, Sack and Ashten Armstrong of Litchfield, Christina Ridley of Jacksonville, Fla., Tammy Riley of Portland, and Jachin Caron and Melissa of Auburn; along with great-grandchildren Alexis Standring, Colvin Standring, Emma Haney, Ace Lailer, Gage Lailer, Savannah Armstrong, Jaxon Day, Isaiah Lovelace, Cheyenne Pough, Halei Thomas, Kayliegh Hewett, Bella Hewett; and a great-great- grandchild, Maria Kedfer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, with Pastor Rhonda Reed officiating. Burial will be private in the Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

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