OBITUARY

Ruth E. Blachard Norton

March 2, 1920December 18, 2012

Ruth Norton, 92

Falmouth – Ruth E. Norton of Falmouth passed from this life on December 18, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Portland. She was born in Cumberland on March 2, 1920 the daughter of Eleanor (Fogg) and Fred Blanchard. She was educated in Cumberland schools and graduated from Greely Institute, Class of 1938. She went on to Farmington Normal School and married the love of her life, Loring Norton, in 1939.

Ruth’s role in life was that of matriarch of Norton Farm. She had a natural ability of bringing people together, be it gathering them around a friendly dining room table, socializing at the harness races or attending her children’s, grandchildren’s, great-grandchildren’s sporting events – for Ruth, life was all about family and people where ever she went.

Ruth’s love of others was strengthened by her faith as a Christian and revealed itself in her nurturing care, strong family values, ethical and honorable relationships. Her baking was also heavenly. She had a sharp mind to the end and was grateful for any gesture of kindness shown.

Ruth is survived by her two daughters: Joanne Hamilton of Falmouth and Judy Ambrose of Falmouth; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; her sister-in-law Gerry Morton; her brother-in-law Percy Norton; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her husband Loring Norton and her brothers: Richard and Stanley Blanchard.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday December 20 from 4 – 7 PM at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry lane, Yarmouth. Funeral service will be on Friday December 21 at 11:00 AM at Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth with a reception in the church hall after. Burial will be in West Cumberland Cemetery in the spring of 2013. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Ruth’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish donations may be made in Ruth’s honor to: Falmouth Congregational Church or the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Visiting Hours Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Reception Friday, December 21, 2012

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial - Spring 2013
REMEMBERING

Ruth E. Blachard Norton

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Bethany Graffam

December 23, 2012

my great grandmother, my best friend. i love you so much and i miss you more than words could say. I miss so many things about you, but one thing i will miss most is just being able to go down stairs to see you. I will miss seeing you come out to the barn almost everyday just to say hi and to tell me 'make sure you come in for lunch!' You are the best. I love you very much. forever in my heart.

Bethany Graffam

December 23, 2012

my great grandmother, my best friend. i love you so much and i miss you more than words could say. I miss so many things about you, but one thing i will miss most is just being able to go down stairs to see you. I will miss seeing you come out to the barn almost everyday just to say hi and to tell me 'make sure you come in for lunch!' You are the best. I love you very much. forever in my heart.

December 23, 2012

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, I think that is the great loss in a persons life. Praying for you all. Sandra Nason

Laura (Wilson) Willis

December 22, 2012

Dear Judy and family,
I am sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. She was such an inspiration to so many! Her smile would light up a room as she entered - how blessed we all were to have her in our lives
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during the coming days

Donna Searles

December 21, 2012

I'm very sorry for your loss. She was a very remarkable woman and will be missed by so many people.

December 21, 2012

God bless. I moved away, but each time I came back home I'd visit and I always looked forward to talking with her. She will remain in my heart and we will talk again by and by. Keith Morton

Della

December 21, 2012

Great Gram. A joyous Christmas in Heaven

Betsy Richards

December 21, 2012

I am blessed to have so many wonderful childhood memories of you and the farm. We may have just been neighbors but you will always be "Grammie downstairs" to me. With Love Betsy (Beal) Richards

December 21, 2012

Virginia Whitney Hulbert I remember Ruth in Greely's Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta PINAFORE. She was Buttercup Rest in Peace, Ruth

December 21, 2012

The Tukey family wishes to extend their sincere condolences.