Ruth Sarah Brink Bachelder, 97, formerly of Thomaston and Buxton, died March 19, 2020, at the Knox Center For Long Term Care in Rockland.

Ruth was born Sep. 20, 1922, in Falmouth, the daughter of Harry G. and Ruth Frost Stearns Brink. She graduated from Falmouth High School in the class of 1940.

She married Merrill W. Witham in 1941. She worked for the Portland Press Herald selling tickets for Gene Autry and Horace Height shows. Ruth worked in her family store until her husband Merrill died in 1954. Ruth married Kenneth Bachelder in 1961 and together, they made their home in Westbrook.

While living at Friendly Village in Gorham Ruth met Linwood “Lindy” Marsh, the best man she never married. Ruth and Lindy moved to Buxton where they lived together for 25 happy years until Lindy passed away.

Over the years, Ruth worked for Union Mutual Insurance Co. as treasurer for the city of Portland, as a manager of the Town Line Variety in Westbrook, and owned and operated the Village Cake Shop from 1972 to 1985.

In 1996, she moved to Warren and later to Thomaston to be near her daughter, Sandra, her son-in-law Carlton "Stubby" Burnell and her grandchildren.

Ruth led an active live, enjoying bingo games, dancing, knitting and crocheting for volunteer work. She knitted hats and mittens for the local head-start and nursing homes. Ruth was very happy to share her talents with Sue and friends. She loved working on crossword puzzles, listening to country music, and watching her beloved Red Sox, win or lose, throughout the years.

The family is grateful for all of the care and love that Ruth’s best friend Irene Olson provided over the years. The family would also like to thank the entire staff at the Knox Center for their gracious care.

Ruth was predeceased by her first husband, Merrill W. Witham; second husband, Kenneth Bachelder; daughter Sandra Burnell; brothers Norman, Bobby, Kenneth, Henry; sister Peggy and great-great-granddaughter Jennifer Marie Crowder.

She is survived by her son-in-law Carlton “Stubby” Burnell of Warren; brother, Melvin Brink of Paris; grandchildren Sheri Bartlett and her husband, David, of Washington and Susan Burnell of Warren; great-grandchildren Devon Perry and her husband, Dave, of Waldoboro, Daniel Bartlett of Union, Kimberly Notarpippo and her husband, John, of Oakland, Merrill Chapman and his companion, Taylor Barlotta, of Bremen; great-great-grandchildren Sarah, Josh, Sawyer, Tyler, Caleb, Alexander, Abby and Damen.

A graveside service will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth; time to be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Knox Center Patient Activity Fund, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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