WILLIMANTIC - Ruth V. Leighton Dauphinee, 84, went home to be with her Lord Jan. 18, 2013, after a long illness. She died contentedly at home in the company of her loving family. Ruth was born Oct. 31, 1928, the daughter of Linwood Leighton and Ella (Preble) Leighton of Willimantic.
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She graduated from Guilford High School in 1946. After attending college for teachers in Farmington and Gorham, she taught for two years in a country school in Willimantic. Ruth has been the faithful and loving wife of William "Bill" Dauphinee since April 9, 1950. Her life has been one of service to her family, church and community, plus countless individuals who have been blessed to have experienced her hospitality, grace and love in so many small ways. She passed on a simple love of people, God and Creation to all those she came in contact with. Her cooking and gardening skills have blessed those around her for many years. Many can testify of the absolute acceptance and love felt when in her presence.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Deanna Dauphinee of Willimantic; and her daughter, Linda Stade of Glenburn. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Tammy Jost of Tennessee, Troy Dauphinee of Maine, Heather MacKenzie of Nova Scotia, Eric Dauphinee of Vermont, Michael Stade of Colorado, Adam Stade of Florida, Naomi Aneloski of Colorado and Hannah Stade of Maine. She has 18 great-grandchildren, many of whom were privileged to sit on her lap and absorb her love. She is also survived by her brother, Milton Leighton and his wife, Barbara, of New Jersey; her sister, Diane Bonsey of Dover-Foxcroft; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her longtime friend, Marilyn Buchanan, with whom she shared many special memories. She was predeceased by her sisters, Carol Budden and Barbara Fairbrother. She will be sorely missed.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Willimantic Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her beloved church, Willimantic Community Church, 2371 Elliotsville Road, Willimantic, ME 04443. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 21, 2013