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Ruth Mae Segal

27 August , 192815 November , 2019

Portland, ME - Ruth M. Segal passed away peacefully at Seaside Rehabilitation Center on November 15, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth was born in Norridgewock, ME in 1928. She grew up in Auburn with her parents Ezra and Hazel Kelley, sister Charlotte and brother Ernest. Ruth graduated from Edward Little HS in 1945. She moved to Portland in 1949 and married Samuel J.”Jack” Segal.

While Jack was stationed in the Coast Guard, they lived in CT however; most of her adult life was lived in Portland. Ruth worked as a bookkeeper at TJ Murphy Fur Co. and spent 16 years working for Portland Public Schools. While in Milford, CT, she was elected alderman, she was the only woman on a fifteen person panel. She was heavily involved in education as a volunteer and advocate. She received an award for outstanding contribution to Portland Public Schools in 1991. She was a Girl Scout leader and mom to everyone in the neighborhood. She had a passion for knitting, crafts, reading, and playing games with family. Her greatest sense of pride and joy was her family.

Ruth was pre-deceased by her husband; sister Charlotte, brother Ernest, son-in-law Dave, and niece Gloria. Ruth is survived by her nine children; Jean Emery; Alan (Julie); Nanc Pickens (Tim); Carol; Jim (Nancy); Brian (Maria); Brenda Mitchell (Dennis); Richard (Joleen); and Scott (Amy). Proud grandmother of John (Tamara), Luke (Sarah), Jessica, Nathaniel (Sammie), Tim, Cody, Chris, Ryan (Kristy), Tyler (Laura), Danielle, Lauren, Kevin (Tess), Jose, Liam, Jenna (Joe), Kayla (Adam), Emily and Erin. Great grandchildren; Madison, Sophia, TJ, Joey, Alyssa, Nolan, Hunter, Jaxon and Maeve. She is also survived by a special niece Judy.

The family would like to thank the staff of Seaside Rehabilitation Center, for taking such loving care of Ruth.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 3-5 pm at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland. A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital: 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME 04102.


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, 21 November , 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, 21 November , 2019


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Dave Cruz

21 November 2019

My fondest memories are sitting on the porch on Glenwood Ave. enjoying great conversation over a glass of wine......or two. Miss my friend dearly. Wonder how the conversation over space will go with Jack....to be continued....

Debbie Wemyss

20 November 2019

My heart goes out to you and your family, Carol. I remember your Mom as always having a smile for everyone and, most of all, being such a kind person. Raising a large family takes keen teamwork, coordination, and a bit of an adventurous spirit. You have an amazing family... the spirit of kindness fostered by your parents flows through you today, along with that adventurous spirit. Love you, Debbie ❤️

Terre Rushton

19 November 2019

Brian, while we never knew your mother, you spoke of your love and devotion to her. She must have been quite wonderful to have raised you, and such a loving family. Our thoughts are with you. Terre Rushton

Janice Roy

18 November 2019

I am so sorry to read about Ruth’s passing, she was such a wonderful friend. I was part of her refunding group for over 25 years, loved spending time with her, and have missed our group in the last few years we have not been getting together, I will be busy helping out nursing home patients on Thursday so will miss the funeral but will be thinking of you, Janice Roy


18 November 2019

David and I and the girls, Chloe, Brooklyn and Joe send our most heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family! May you all be blessed with such wonderful memories of your mom! She was a strong, amazing woman who exemplified great strength and dignity and she will be remembered fondly! She raised an amazing daughter who has acquired her best qualities! We are sending love hugs and strength during this difficult time!!

Christina Swasey

18 November 2019

Alan and family, so sorry for your loss. Sending love and peace to all.

Maureen Peters

17 November 2019

Ricky, Joleen, Jenna , Kayla, Sophia, Nolan , Maeve and the entire Segal family.. please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Ruth. Our memory of Ruth that we will hold in our heart is one of kindness, love and proudness when any of her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren were around her. She was truly a woman filled with love and great faith. We will always remember how when we were in her company she always acknowledged us and asked about our lives and family. We will hold those memories in our hearts forever. RIP Ruth and never goodbye just “until we meet again!” Love Maureen & Tom 💕

Julie Aceto

17 November 2019

To the entire Segal family. I am very sorry for the loss of your mom, mother in law, Grammy and great Grammy. She was a wonderful lady. RIP Ruth and thank you for all the memories you shared with me and my children. I will cherish those memories forever. ❤️