Ruth Hazel Benner, 97 years young passed away peacefully at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta April 10, 2020.

Ruth was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Union, a daughter of the late Everett and Lucy Miller Clarry. She grew up in Union and attended local schools. In 1941, Ruth married Reinald Benner and they made their home in Jefferson.

In 1944, Reginald served in the Army and was injured in the war. He returned to the U.S., stationed in New Jersey, to recover from his injuries. During his recovery, Ruth stayed with him as much as she could to help take care of him.

After returning to Jefferson they had their daughter, Nancy and in December they moved into their new home. She helped work on the family chicken farm and enjoyed working in the gardens. She and Reginald were able to take a trip to Europe, which she so enjoyed. After retirement they wintered in Florida.

Ruth was a lifetime member of the Lakeview Chapter #179 OES of Jefferson.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, husband, daughter Nancy Billing and her sister, Dorothy Boothbay.

She is survived by her grandson Mark Billing of Jefferson, her nephew Sterling Boardman of N.H. and her niece Susan Brown of N.H. She also leaves behind several cousins and many friends.

A graveside service for Ruth will be at a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Jefferson.

To extend online condolences, visit Ruth’s Book of Memories at