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OLD TOWN - Cynthia "Ruth" Agar, 79, died peacefully October 31, 2014, at her home shared with her daughter and son-in-law in Old Town, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 12, 1935, in Lakewood, NJ, a daughter of Ralph and Mary (Windeler) Armstrong.

Ruth grew up in Union, NJ, attended Douglass College majoring in home economics and chemistry. While at college she met her husband, William Peter Apgar of Lebanon, NJ, a strategic Air Command Pilot in the Air Force. Following college Ruth and Bill moved to Maine, where they raised their six children. Ruth was a teacher for more than 30 years at East Grand schools, teaching several grade levels but her most favorite were high school English and literature. After retirement she moved to Old Town, where she was very active member of the United Baptist Church of Old Town, AAUW Book Club, the Piecemakers Quilt Club and the Bridge Club. Ruth also swam three mornings a week at the Old Town YMCA. Ruth's happy time was when she was cooking for large family gatherings, church events and occasionally for guests at two sporting lodges. Ruth's pleasant and graceful manner and her love for educational conversation will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, William Apgar; and sister, Mary Hermann of PA. She is survived by six children: four daughters, Susan Apgar and her husband, Butch Myers, of Old Town, Juliet Sandrowicz and her husband, Sandy, of FL, Christina Apgar and her longtime friend, Aaron Moody, of NH and Victoria DalPozzo and her husband, Peter, of CA; two sons, David Apgar and his wife, Suzanne, of Danforth and Jonathan Apgar and his wife, Heather, of VA; grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas and Nathaniel Sandrowicz, Bill, Peter and Mathew Apgar, Julia and Christopher DalPozzo and Daniel and Emma Apgar; sister, Elinor Wilson of AZ; and her special feline friends, Ernie and Murphy, were her faithful and comforting companions during her illness.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at the United Baptist Church of Old Town. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Immediately after the graveside services all are invited to return to the church hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Baptist Church of Old Town, Middle Street, Old Town, ME 04468.
Published on  November 3, 2014
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