Ruth C. Greaton
September 4, 1927 – February 8, 2021
FARMINGTON---Ruth C. Greaton, 93, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2021 at Orchard Park Nursing Home in Farmington. Born September 4, 1927 in Lewiston, she was the daughter of Ernest Campbell and Lotta Campbell. Ruth lost her mother at a young age; as the oldest she took care of her younger siblings making sure they were loved and cared for. Ruth fell in love and married Norman Bolduc. On their first date she paid her own way so that he would know she was her own woman. Ruth and Norman had one child, a son, Ronald A. Bolduc. Ruth and Norman had a long loving marriage until his untimely death.Ruth was always a hard worker. Early in their marriage, she and Norman worked in the woods with his family. She often told stories how she and Le-mère ran the cross-cut saw, cutting logs to be hauled out of the woods by the men. Ruth later worked in a shoe shop in Lewiston. For her interview, she wore heels, as she always did at that age. The boss hired her, saying that she had to wear different shoes, because he did not want her to get hurt while walking around the factory. Ruth worked in the shoe industry until her retirement. She had been promoted to floor lady, where she supervised a dozen employees, calling them “the girls” regardless of their ages. Given Ruth’s capacity to love it is no surprise she went on to love again. When she was a young girl, she had a crush on Bud Greaton and, as fate would have it, they met again. Knowing Bud was single, Ruth made an appointment at Buds Body Shop for a repair to her car. This led to a date, then to marriage. Bud brought six children to this marriage, ages 7 to 17. True to form, Ruth loved her six stepchildren as she loved her own son Ronald, with all her heart. Ruth often said, “I got the best part of the marriage, I got you kids. ”Ruth’s greatest gift was her unbounded capacity to love and accept people. She accepted friends of her children and grandchildren into her life as though she had known them for decades. She was always willing to accept a hug from friends and family, often telling people that she would love a hug because she “collects them.” Her house was a gathering place for her family, with her hosting many holiday meals and some of the best thrown together Saturday meals after yard work. Ruth will be remembered for making the best Chop Suey and biscuits. Ruth’s favorite holiday was Christmas Eve because all of her children and grandchildren came home to share food and laughter. She loved to be surrounded by family, sometimes just enjoying the conversations going on around her. She often said that she felt like a queen, watching over her people. To be one of Ruth’s “people” was an honor, a mixture of old school loyalty and love. Ruth kept her mind sharp with reading, card games, Yahtzee, and a ferocious game of Scrabble. She also loved Country and Western music. She was often found reading a book while listening to music. When asked she said that she wanted to enjoy her two favorite things at the same time, the music simply becoming something that was playing in the book. Ruth also loved to garden. Her flower beds were a marvel of color and variety. Her house was always filled with plants. She is survived by her step-children Tammy Greaton and husband Alan Ring of Vassalboro, Tim Greaton and wife Joan of Saco, TJ Greaton and wife Becki McGhee of Wilton, Ted Greaton and partner Angie Spaulding of Lee, and Tiffany May and fiancé Lenny Weiss of Mechanic Falls; her brother Nick Coats and wife Linda of Albion; grandson Ronald Bolduc II and wife Lisa of Poland; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband Bud Greaton Jr; first husband Norman Bolduc; son Ronald Bolduc; stepdaughter Tina Bailey, parents Ernest and Lotta Campbell; brothers Bill Campbell, John Campbell, and Albert Campbell; and sister Lucy Terrio. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.thefortingroupauburn.com A graveside service will be held in the spring at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine, www.gsfb.org. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.
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Ruth C. Greaton
February 25, 2021
Whomever wrote this obituary, you did a remarkable job.
I am Ron Bolduc II’s wife. Gram was truly a one of a kind lady. There were times when we stayed with her after my father in law Ron Sr passed away, where she would (out of nowhere) stop watching her show (The Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy/ CSI), or reading her book, and swing her recliner chair around to just look at us.... she would stare quietly for a moment, smile, and then say, “I just love you guys so much”. We would tell her we love her too, and she would go back to her show or book with a big smile on her face. She was loved by everyone that was lucky enough to have known her. Her great great grandchildren were in love with all her wind chimes ( there were MANY). We all loved to look at all her beautiful flowers that she worked so hard to keep looking good all the time. LeAnne was scared to death of her bird when she let it out to fly around. She was proud to show off all her family photos too. ❤️ RIP Gram, we love you, and miss you. I’m sure you’re keeping an eye on all of us. ❤️
February 25, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss,
Ruth was a resident with my grandma at Orchard Park.
Ruth always took time to talk with my children. I remember getting her coffee daily. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t work there :)
Our prayers are with your family ❤️
February 25, 2021
To Tim and family, I and sending you my sincerest condolences and know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
February 25, 2021
Dear Greaton Family,
I did not know Ruth, but rather , perhaps her father in law.
As I read her life's story it started to make me wonder about the Greaton family history.
While reading about her life , puzzle pieces began to come together for me that have been in my mind for as long as I can remember.
I am 69 years old .
In the mid 1950's I spent several years at my Nana's home on 125 Granite Street in Auburn.
Before and around Kindergarten.
Behind that house and off Orchard street was a small home near the end of the road owned by a Mr. Greaton.
He had a magical garden of Glads that are one of my earliest life memories.
The Glads were taller than me!
I almost think that his name might have been Bud.
Anyway, as a small boy, I roamed the neighborhood and sometimes found myself there amazed at the beauty of his flowers.
I am sorry to read of Ruth's passing , but your family name struck a chord with me and wanted to share.........
My Mother is going to be 95 in April and lives at Schooner.
When I talk to her next, I will tell her about reading of Ruth's life and Mr. Greaton's beautiful flowers.
She was born on Easter Sunday , 1926, maybe they knew each other?!
I hope that you find no disrespect in this.
My sincere condolences .