- Ruth Sherman died November 13, 2016, at a Bangor facility. She was born April 23, 1917, in Blue Hill, the daughter of Jesse and Maggie (Emmerton) Murch.
She married Amasa (Stubby) Edwin Sherman Sr. on September 14, 1935. They lived in Bangor until they moved to Orono. A few years after her husband's death, she relocated to Bangor, then moving to Bucksport in the last couple of years of her life.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sisters, Thelma Boothby, Eva Leach and Winnifred Alley; and brothers, David Murch and Clyde Jerome. She has one surviving sister, Patricia Woods. She was predeceased by her children, Frederick Sherman, Stanley Sherman, Charlotte LaPointe,and Amasa (Stubby) Sherman Jr. Two of her grandchildren predeceased her as well. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Sparks and her husband, Richard, of Bucksport and Dianne O. White and her husband, Gregory, of Bucksport. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Joyce Prouty Sherman of Dover-Foxcroft ,who was very dear to her. Ruth had 29 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren. She has numerous nieces and nephews, with whom she was very close, along with greats and great-greats as well.
Ruth held a variety of jobs over the years. As a young married woman during the Depression, she was well known for her wedding cakes. She delivered most of them by foot all over Bangor, and purchasers needed to provide the sugar through their rations. After they moved to Orono, she was an amazing homemaker raising five children at the time, and often hosting her nieces and nephews. In the fifties she had another child, and again was a homemaker for a few years. During the fifties and sixties, she worked at Sigma Nu (Orono campus), where she was inducted as an Honorary Member of the fraternity. She also worked at Sigma Chi. By the 1970s, she was working at the Airport Mall as a cook, first at Freeses Department Store, and then at Week's Family Restaurant. Almost everyone in the Mall called her "Mother." At 72 she retired for the first time, but went back to work before a year was out. She worked because she loved it, not because she needed the money.
She was a gifted, loving, wise, witty and amazing woman. She never lost her recall ability, and told so many stories of her life and the world around her to the delight of us all. She will be sadly missed; we were fortunate to have her in our lives for so long.
Relatives and friends are welcome to visit from 12 to 1p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. Those who wish may attend burial services in Orono at Riverside Cemetery, immediately after. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., following the service. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  November 15, 2016