Ruth's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Ruth L. Mulford passed away on November 16, 2015 after a long illness. She was born Liselotte (Lilo) Okker on February 16, 1927 in Ulm, Germany, the third child of Franz and Anna Okker and her stepfather Adolf Stroh.

She met and married her late husband, USAF Captain William Weston Mulford, in 1955 in Germany when he was the Unit Administration Officer where Lilo worked at the 7055 Air Intelligence Squadron. Soon afterward they returned to the United States where Bill was stationed at Loring AFB and, living in Limestone and eventually Presque Isle, they raised their family.

Although Ruth stayed home to care for the children, she later returned to work and over the years was employed as an executive assistant with the Triple A Sugar Beet Corporation, an Executive Director of the Presque Isle Red Cross, and as a legal secretary with Stewart Law Offices, where her administrative and organizational skills were highly valued.

She was an avid reader, loved classical music, enjoyed knitting, and in the summer would frequently go out for freshly picked fiddleheads, dandelion greens, and raspberries. Her favorite movie was The Sound of Music.

She is survived by her 3 children - Alfred of Colorado, Trudy of Massachusetts, and Cathy and her husband Danny Cyr of Presque Isle as well as her 2 grandsons Kyle and Lucas, who knew her as Oma.

Mom, may you see again the river Rhine, the mountains of Switzerland, and ride through the Black Forest with Margot on your 1 speed bike. Auf Wiedersehen.

Per her wishes no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Heart Association (see www.charitynavigator.org). Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com
Published in Bangor Daily News
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