NEW CASTLE — New Castle has lost its matriarch with the passing of Ruth Mori Lanham on Aug. 18, 2022, at age 97. She was born in Portsmouth, N.H. to parents Albert Mori and Hilda (Ricker) Mori. Proudly, Ruth was a life-long resident of New Castle, growing up in the home of her great-great-grandmother, Dorothy Vennard Randall.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husbands Arthur Winslow Hutchinson and William E. Lanham, her beloved granddaughter Annette Hutchinson, and her brother Charles A. Mori. Ruth is survived by her son Albert W. Hutchinson Sr. (Tania) of Washington, Maine, her daughter Deborah H. Schulte (Andrew) of New Castle, her step-daughter Connie Lanham Moreno of Calif., and step-son Roderick Lanham of Texas, her sister Bette M. Lovewell of Texas, grandchildren Albert Hutchinson Jr. (Tina) of Cushing, Ruth Hutchinson Libby (William) of St. George, Arthur W. Hutchinson (Candace) of Cushing, Rebecca Schulte Reilly (Jeffrey) of New Castle, N.H., Dianna Schulte of New Castle, N.H., Alejandra Moreno (Richard Simon) of Calif., Don McDaniel (Kristen) of Waldoboro, and Darin McDaniel (Brenda) of Portsmouth, N.H., as well as 15 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at New Castle Congregational Church on Oct. 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ocean Society, 400 Little Harbor Rd. #1103, Portsmouth, NH 03801 or to New Castle Congregational Church Music Fund, Box 395, New Castle, NH 03854.

For online condolences visit Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.