The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME


Ruth B. Farnsworth

26 April, 193318 November, 2019

Ruth Jane (Berger) Farnsworth died the evening of November 18, 2019 at the age of 86 at Clover Health Care in Auburn, Maine. She was born in Medford, MA on April 26, 1933, daughter of the late Paul R. and Marjorie A. (Boss) Berger. Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Roy L. Farnsworth whom she married on June 22, 1957 in the Boston University Chapel. Ruth attended Boston University, earning a Master’s in Education. She taught first grade in Melrose and Medford MA, and Hartford, CT before moving to Maine in 1964. Ruth is fondly remembered by many who had her as their teacher for kindergarten or first grade in several of the schools in Auburn before she retired in 1997. Volunteering was a large part of Ruth’s life. She donated her time to many organizations including the Central Maine Hospital Association, Chapman House, the YWCA, Lewiston Public Theater, and the Auburn Public Library. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Women’s Literary Union, and the Auburn Art Club. Ruth was a member of the High Street Congregational Church but attended the United Methodist Church in Auburn in the latter half of her life. She is survived by her brother John Berger, his wife Barbara of Melrose, MA; her brother Stephen Berger, whose wife Martha is deceased, of Plymouth, MA; her daughter, Allyson Jutras and her husband, Garry, of Hudson, N.H.; sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Julie Farnsworth of Cape Elizabeth and Paul and Julie Farnsworth of Auburn; grandchildren, Dana Hedrick and her wife Lindsey, Ian Jutras and fiancée Mariah Seaboldt, Ted Farnsworth and Nathan Farnsworth as well as many nieces and nephews. Condolences and fond memories may be shared with Ruth’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com In lieu of flowers, Ruth asked that donations be made in her name to the Auburn Public Library Children’s Room at 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME 04210. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2020. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.


  • Auburn Public Library Children’s Room at 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME 04210.


  • A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring of 2020.


Ruth B. Farnsworth

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Janet ouellette

November 24, 2019

You are in thought and prayer during this heartfelt time.
So many wonderful memories of this amazing lady.
Her love of books and chocolate will always be close.
Memories dear to heart , mostly, are those of Stevens Mills school. Ruth, Bo and Dotte, such wonderful friends and teachers, helped shape the teacher I aspired to be . Such great mentors, lots of tea time and fun while learning.
Rest in peace and in our hearts.......

claudia sienko

November 22, 2019

I have such fond memories of this remarkable lady. She was an unflappable role model to a new kindergarten teacher. Over the years we become fast friends and colleagues at Fairview school and Stevens Mills. I admired her so much. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Claudia Sienko

Greg Desjardin

November 21, 2019


I am sorry to learn of the loss of your Mom. I am certain that she will live on through the wonderful memories that you have. I'm sorry.

Your friend,
Greg (E D)