OBITUARY

Ruth A. Driscoll

January 6, 1923March 5, 2018
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AUBURN - Ruth Avis (Sedgeley) Driscoll, 95, died on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Clover Manor in Auburn. She was born in Lewiston on January 6, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Methyl (Drake) Sedgeley. A 1942 graduate of Lewiston High School, she was also a graduate of the Auburn Maine School of Commerce. In 1944, Ruth moved to Hobbs New Mexico during WWII to marry John T. Driscoll of New Auburn who was training pilots after returning from his completed missions in the European Theater. During their 52 years of marriage, they had 7 children, and raised their family in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, returning home to Maine in 1974. Ruth’s heart was always in Maine where the family has spent summers at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester since 1952.

Ruth and John travelled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe during their retirement years.

Over her lifetime, Ruth embraced her large extended family, friends and neighbors. There was always an extra seat at the table for anyone wanting lasagna or a cup of Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee. The cookie jar was always filled with Toll House cookies or whoopee pies. Her life was about caring for others. Ruth is survived by her children: Jo-Ann Driscoll (daughter-in-law), Elaine Becker, Rev. Susan Nolan (Tom Woithe), Thomas Driscoll (Katherine), Catherine Gregory (Alan), Nancy Gilbert (Greg), and Patricia Morris (John); her sister-in-law, Rosalie Hames; her 14 grandchildren, David Becker, Karen Frohlich, Amy Becker, Jonathan Nolan, James Nolan, Rebecca Clark, Timothy Gregory, John Driscoll, Sarah Waters, Jessica Smith, Melissa Legare, Daniel Bernier, Christopher Morris and Deanna Morris; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother, Richard Sedgeley; her son, David Driscoll and her son-in-law, Charles Becker.

Thanks to Clover Healthcare staff for all the special care given to Ruth over the years including chocolate donuts on request at 2 a.m. She was the happiest customer Clover ever had. Special thanks also to Beacon Hospice’s loving staff for providing Ruth with personalized care including tea parties, manicures, and daily companionship. Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Ruth's online guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Donations in Ruth’s memory may be sent to Beacon Hospice at 245 Center St. #10a, Auburn, ME 04210. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9-11am at Fortin's in Auburn. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11am also at the funeral home. A committal will be held at a later date in the spring at the G.A.R. (Grand Army Republic Cemetery) in Lewiston. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Ruth is survived by her children: Jo-Ann Driscoll (daughter-in-law), Elaine Becker, Rev. Susan Nolan (Tom Woithe), Thomas Driscoll (Katherine), Catherine Gregory (Alan), Nancy Gilbert (Greg), and Patricia Morris (John); her sister-in-law, Rosalie Hames; her 14 grandchildren, David Becker, Karen Frohlich, Amy Becker, Jonathan Nolan, James Nolan, Rebecca Clark, Timothy Gregory, John Driscoll, Sarah Waters, Jessica Smith, Melissa Legare, Daniel Bernier, Christopher Morris and Deanna Morris; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother, Richard Sedgeley; her son, David Driscoll and her son-in-law, Charles Becker.
  • DONATIONS

  • Beacon Hospice at 245 Center St. #10a, Auburn, ME 04210. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9-11am at Fortin's in Auburn. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11am also at the funeral home. A committal will be held at a later date in the spring at the G.A.R. (Grand Army Republic Cemetery) in Lewiston.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Kathy Cruz

March 8, 2018

So many precious memories! My mom and Mrs. Driscoll were the matriarchs that brought our families together at the beginning of each glorious summer we kids spent at our old cottages on Sabbathday Lake. But beyond the idyllic time spent together, I remember how Mrs. Driscoll made me feel. I always felt loved in her presence because she was genuinely and sincerely interested in other people, even me - a lowly kid among so many! Another adult might have asked me (when I was in my twenties), "Are you married yet?", and I would have rolled my eyes, but Mrs. Driscoll truly cared about me and my welfare. Of that I was sure, and I will always treasure the love that she showed me.

Rachel Feeley

March 8, 2018

I have many happy memories of spending time with this lovely lady and her dear family. Much love to you all. Rachel

Amy (Ruth) Becker

March 8, 2018

I have shared some stories with my cousins but here is one that I think is particularly funny. Everyone that knows me may recall that I was a bit of a handful as a kid. Gramma took me to the hair dresser and I through a fit, she apparently went to the same hair dresser for quite awhile because about 15 years later she went to that same hairdresser before my college gradation and told them where she was going. The hair dresser asked if it was the grand child that through the fit and she said yes but that I grew out of it ;)

I also always enjoyed sharing my middle name with my mother knowing that she was named Elaine Ruth after her mother.

Amy

Marianne Snow

March 8, 2018

Nancy, Greg and family. I am so sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to hear your stories about your Mom. Keep your memories close. My prayers are with all of you. Love

pamela hulyn

March 8, 2018

Ruth you will be missed dearly. You made me laugh so many times. I loved your questions:) Everytime I would get u a cover up you would say you look like a nun. Sister Ruth I will always get you 2 chocolate donuts and a hard boiled egg. much love

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Biography

AUBURN - Ruth Avis (Sedgeley) Driscoll, 95, died on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Clover Manor in Auburn. She was born in Lewiston on January 6, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Methyl (Drake) Sedgeley.

A 1942 graduate of Lewiston High School, she was also a graduate of the Auburn Maine School of Commerce. In 1944, Ruth moved to Hobbs New Mexico during WWII to marry John T. Driscoll of New Auburn who was training pilots after returning from his completed missions in the European Theater. During their 52 years of marriage, they had 7 children, and raised their family in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, returning home to Maine in 1974. Ruth’s heart was always in Maine where the family has spent summers at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester since 1952.

Ruth and John travelled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe during their retirement years.

Over her lifetime, Ruth embraced her large extended family, friends and neighbors. There was always an extra seat at the table for anyone wanting lasagna or a cup of Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee. The cookie jar was always filled with Toll House cookies or whoopee pies. Her life was about caring for others.

Ruth is survived by her children: Jo-Ann Driscoll (daughter-in-law), Elaine Becker, Rev. Susan Nolan (Tom Woithe), Thomas Driscoll (Katherine), Catherine Gregory (Alan), Nancy Gilbert (Greg), and Patricia Morris (John); her sister-in-law, Rosalie Hames; her 14 grandchildren, David Becker, Karen Frohlich, Amy Becker, Jonathan Nolan, James Nolan, Rebecca Clark, Timothy Gregory, John Driscoll, Sarah Waters, Jessica Smith, Melissa Legare, Daniel Bernier, Christopher Morris and Deanna Morris; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother, Richard Sedgeley; her son, David Driscoll and her son-in-law, Charles Becker.

Thanks to Clover Healthcare staff for all the special care given to Ruth over the years including chocolate donuts on request at 2 a.m. She was the happiest customer Clover ever had.

Special thanks also to Beacon Hospice’s loving staff for providing Ruth with personalized care including tea parties, manicures, and daily companionship.


Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Ruth's online guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Donations in Ruth’s memory may be sent to Beacon Hospice at 245 Center St. #10a, Auburn, ME 04210.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9-11am at Fortin's in Auburn. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11am also at the funeral home. A committal will be held at a later date in the spring at the G.A.R. (Grand Army Republic Cemetery) in Lewiston. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545.