Ruth's Story

FRYEBURG - Ruth Harriet Murphy Morse passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Ruth was born on December 12, 1926, in West Glassville, NB, Canada. She was the daughter of Ernest David Murphy and Harriett Mary Black.

Ruth graduated from Fredricton, NB, Normal School and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and received her master's degree from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1971. She married Kempton John Morse in 1948 and became an American citizen. Her teaching career began in West Glassville, NB, teaching in a oneroom school house. She went on to teach in Easton, Presque Isle, Fryeburg Academy and Kennett High School. Ruth loved her summers at East Grand Lake. Fishing, playing cards, scrabble, sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting and Words with Friends, were just a few of her favorite things. She enjoyed her many dear friends and especially time with her family.

Ruth is survived by daughters, Linda Cronkite of Lewiston, ME, and Louise Maillett and husband, Patrick, of Fryeburg, ME; grandsons, Jerod and wife, Kristen, of Rockport, ME, Garth Cronkite and wife, Deedra, of Glenwood, MD, Amos Maillett and wife, Maria, Joshua Maillett and wife, Elizabeth, and Caleb Maillett and wife, Lauren, of Fryeburg ME;  and great-grandchildren, Jeremy Brock and fiancee, Mckenzie Houp, of Bangor, ME, Madison Cronkite of Rockport, ME, Gavin and Grady Cronkite of Glenwood MD, Kempton and Ana Maillett of Fryeburg, ME, and Cecelia Maillett of Fryeburg, ME. Ruth is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Claudia Brown and Phyllis Black; several nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Kempton John Morse, who died in 1982. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Raymond William Murphy and Ernest Leroy Murphy; and sister, Rowena Minch.

Ruth was a member of North Fryeburg Community Chapel and a memorial service will be held at The North Fryeburg Community Chapel, 1225 West Fryeburg Road, Fryeburg, ME, on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. with reception to follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Fryeburg, ME. Memorial gifts may be sent in her memory to North Fryeburg Community Chapel, P.O. Box 204, Fryeburg, ME 04037, Chapel Hall Fund.

The family would like to thank the many care givers at Fryeburg Health Care Center who lovingly cared for Ruth. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg, ME. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
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