Ruth Payson

Apr 11, 2014
Ruth Payson

Hope — Ruth Payson, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Hope April 8, 2014.

She was born in Rockland Jan. 10, 1922, the daughter of Earl H. and Ethel Sukeforth. She married her soulmate, Guilford Payson, in 1946. Together they ran the family apple and blueberry farm in Hope. They enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling until his death in 1996. She took great pride in her grandsons, spending time traveling around the state with them. We will all miss her infectious smile, vivacious personality and her upbeat outlook on life as she had a long and wonderful one on her beloved Hatchet Mountain.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Earl and Richard Sukeforth. Ruth is survived by her son Richard Payson of Hope; daughter Candace Crispo and husband Steve of Hope; granddaughters Jennifer Payson of Richmond, Va. and Nicole Payson of Rockland; grandsons Tyler Crispo and partner Alicia Turcotte of Lewiston, Trevor Crispo of South Portland and two great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Special thanks to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice who took such good care of Ruth. Those who wish may make donations in Ruth’s memory to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health & Hospice, 170 Pleasant Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at



Comments (5)
Posted by: SAXON GOGGIN | Apr 15, 2014 15:15

Ruth was a very good friend of my Mother, Elizabeth Hillgrove  and she was always telling me things that she and Ruth did together. They were always on the go........ My Mom passed away in 1991 but I've always thought of Ruth over the years and the wonderful friendship they had. 


Posted by: Judith Clossey | Apr 13, 2014 08:39

So many wonderful memories of both you and Gil out to Payson Orchards!  Our family, along with the Vern Heal family spent many hours over the years laughing and picking apples out with you folks.  Many gallons of cider  were enjoyed that came from your wonderful orchard.  (That really dates me).  Never saw you without a smile for those around.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 12, 2014 08:51

Ah.... Ruth. I will always remember our coffee chats sitting at your kitchen table watching the cars drive by. I remember the twins playing with little Ricky. I remember the many hours of laughter, as your laugh was always there and bubbling over. Over the years our friendship drifted but I so have many fond memories. I will remember!

Mickey "Brown" McKeever


Posted by: Dave Glidden | Apr 12, 2014 06:19

Her laughter will be missed by many, she was a special member of the Sukeforth family.

Posted by: Heidi Arsenault | Apr 11, 2014 20:26

A beautiful lady with a smile you could never forget. We will miss you. John and Heidi,Phil and Sandra Sukeforth

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