BANGOR AND AUGUSTA - Ruth Helen Dyer, 97, went to be with her Lord September 27, 2015. She was born April 20, 1918, in Portland, the daughter of Joseph C. and Ruth (Duncan) McKay.
Ruth attended schools in Portland, Maine. After graduation she was employed as a clerk at a Post Office in Portland. She married Robert T. Dyer in 1942 and devoted her life to her beloved husband, children, grandchildren, and church. Ruth was the first education tech in the State of Maine. It was a school for special needs students in Auburn. She was a gift to every student she encountered. Her love of children radiated from her throughout her long life. She hosted many children's evangelist bible studies, worked as a cook at Camp Fairhaven Christian Camps and taught Sunday school. She always placed special needs children first. Her grandchildren and children at Caswell Street in Augusta will testify to that. Ruth believed the most precious gift to give children is time. She modeled how to play and appreciate God's creations. She always had time for a game, talk, laugh, or activity with children. Ruth was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Manchester. She modeled her Christian faith by walking in faith with compassion and providing encouragement to those that surrounded her. Ruth enjoyed life and was the sparkle of many social gatherings. As an optimist, she had a smile for everyone and a quick sense of humor. She will always be remembered for her engaging spirit and concern for others. Her family wishes to thank the staff at the Country Villa in Bangor who cared for her the last 5 years of her life as an extended member of their family.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, her husband Robert T. Dyer, a son Bob Dyer, and a great granddaughter Jenovieve Pangburn. She is survived by a daughter Carol Fetter of Millis, MA; a son, Larry Dyer of Shirley; a daughter-in-law Patsy Dyer of Sherman; grandchildren, Amy and Rob Hasselbaum and their children Cameron and Cassidy of Bellingham, MA, Jaime and Jason Pangburn and their children Jonathon, Jacquelynn, and Joshua of Eddington, Jodi Dyer and Tom Avery and their child Pauline, of Panama, Jinger and Chris Pepin and their children Natalea, Silas, and Hayden of Etna, Krissi Dyer of Carrabassett, Laurie Anne and Zachary Hanson of Shirley, Anna Dyer of Unity, Robert Dyer of Unity, and Harry Dyer of Unity.
Funeral services will be held 10 AM, Friday, October 2, at the Maine Coast Baptist Church, 867 Bangor Road, Ellsworth, with Pastor Gerry Dill, presiding. Graveside committal services will be held 3 PM, Friday, October 2, at the Readfield Corner Cemetery, Church Road, Readfield. Gifts in her memory may be made Camp Fairhaven, 81 West Faven Lane, Brooks, ME 04921, or to the, Bob Dyer Educational Scholarship Fund, Katahdin High School, Box 10, Stacyville, ME 04777. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor.