April 15, 1916 – December 28, 2019
ORONO – Ruth Gray died December 28, 2019. She was born in Old Town, ME on April 15, 1916, the daughter of Samuel Braley Gray and Bessie (Pendleton Benson) Gray. She attended schools in Old Town and graduated from Dana Hall School and the class of 1938 from Smith College. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sister, and nephew: Samuel Braley (Corinne) Gray, Jr., George Alexander Gray, Eleanor Deane Gray (A. Vincent) Shea, Deane Benson (Dorothy) Gray, and S. Braley Gray III. During World War II, she was appointed by the Governor as the Municipal Chairman of the Women’s Division of the Civilian Defense Council and served with the American Red Cross driving a Clubmobile just behind the front lines in the European Theater with the 19th Corps. She worked for many years as a professional photographer in Europe and the United States and later with scientific groups in South America, Africa, Greenland and India; and was a member of the Freelance Photographer’s Guild. She had a strong commitment to the community and actively participated in many organizations including Brownie Scouts, Library League, Neeburban Club, Crewel Ladies and the Shakespeare Club of Bangor. Other institutions she served, often in leadership roles, were the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (as National President), Inc., The Associated Country Women of the World, the National Arboretum Advisory Council in Washington DC and the Hudson Museum. She was a volunteer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Corporator of Eastern Maine Medical Center, and a member of the auxiliary. She served on the Board of Directors of the Old Town Canoe Company, which was founded by her grandfather in 1900. As a Mayflower descendent, she belonged to a number of genealogical societies and edited and wrote numerous books and articles on the subject. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews, 13 great-nieces and nephews, and 7 great grand- nieces and nephews. A family graveside service will be held in the spring. Those who wish to remember Ruth in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the charity of their choice or to “Ruth Gray Scholarship Fund” (for graduating students in Old Town) at the Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth ME 04605.