BROWNVILLE - Ruth Sylvia Duryea Ladd, 88, passed away peacefully Nov. 23, 2012, at home and surrounded with love. She was born Feb. 20, 1924, in New York City, the youngest child of Clarence W. and Anna (Green) Duryea.
Ruth was raised in Bay Shore, Long Island, N.Y., graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1942 and was hired by her school system to serve as secretary to the principal and vice principal. She was married to Russell H. Ladd, June 12, 1944, whom she met while he was stationed on the Air Force Crash Boats near her home. This was the beginning of a long and wonderful love story. At the conclusion of World War II she moved with him to Brownville, where she has made her home and had a wonderful life celebrating 68 years of marriage in June 2012. Her life focused on family and homemaking. Ruth was a full-time homemaker for 21 years, raising her four sons and daughter before becoming employed by SAD 41, where she first worked as a teacher's aide and then administrative secretary until her retirement in December 1983. She was an active member of Brownville Community Church, where she served as church clerk and was on several church committees. She was a member and past matron of Echo Chapter No. 98, Order of the Eastern Star, Brownville, and Brownville Homemakers' Extension. In their retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling to many interesting places in the U.S. and beyond, but her real passion was with words. Ruth spent many hours with her crossword puzzles and played "Words with Friends" on her Nook with her children. She sat in her favorite living room chair, where she spent endless hours reading her Kindle, solving her puzzle games - occasionally with the use of her two dictionaries; one for words and one with medical definitions. She spent many happy hours at their camp on Schoodic Lake as a place of family gatherings and joy. Ruth excelled at baking and throughout the years a number of favorite recipes have been passed down as family traditions and will forever be part of their lives.
Ruth was the heart and life of her family. She will be missed by her loving and devoted husband, Russell "Bud"; her children: sons, Gary and his wife, Chris, of Cedar City, Utah, Dwight and wife, Liane, of Greenbush, Steven and wife, Barbara, of Lynchburg Va., and Brian and wife, Debby, of Providence, R.I., and daughter, Joanne Mikol and her husband, Ron, of Dunstable, Mass.; eight grandchildren, a number of stepgrandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Clarence Duryea; and four sisters, Alva Firth, Melvina Malmquist, Bertha Kahler and Elmore Butt. The five sisters nicknamed themselves the "AMBER Girls," by combining and using the first letter of their names and joyously exchanged amber type gifts for many, many years.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Brownville Community Church with the Rev. Ann Purdy officiating. Friends and family are invited to share fellowship and stories at the church after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Brownville Community Church, P.O. Box 706, Brownville, ME 04414. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com