Ruth's Story

CARIBOU - Ruth D. Ouellette, 89, passed away February 12, 2016 at Caribou Rehab and Nursing Home surrounded by her family. She was born December 22, 1926 in Ludlow, Maine, the daughter of Rev. Reuben and Abby (Demerchant)Doody.

Ruth graduated from Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton. Shortly after, she visited Caribou where she met the love of her life Walter Ouellette. They were married in 1946 and started their family. Ruth worked as a medical secretary at several doctor's offices, but loved her years as the office manager for Dr. H. D. Collins. She was a long time member of the Caribou United Baptist Church and enjoyed many friendships there. Ruth and Walter spent most of their spare time enjoying their children and friends at their camp on Long Lake. A beaten path connected their camp with the Michauds', Griffeths', Thayers' and Henry and Harriet Ouellette's nearby. After retirement, Ruth loved to create arts and crafts and could be found at many of the local craft fairs with items that she had sewn. One of her greatest pleasures has been time spent with her four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She carried photo albums of the two recent great-grandbabies to share with nursing home staff, residents and visitors.

Ruth is survived by her son, David Ouellette and wife, Rhoda; daughter, Joan Couture and husband, Gilbert; brother, Harold Doody of Florida; grandchildren, Julie Murphy and her husband, Michael, Jeffery Couture and wife, Stephanie, Christopher Couture and wife, Annie, and John Ouellette; great-grandchildren, Keegan Cogswell, Luke Couture, Graham Murphy and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; and siblings, Roscoe Doody, Mildred Ross, Alberta Estabrook, Arnold, Thomas, Reuben, and Atwood Doody.

Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home 24 Reservoir Street Caribou 1-2 pm Sunday February 14, 2016 until the time of services which will be held at 2:00pm with Rev. John Kiehn, officiating. Spring internment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Caribou Baptist Church, Cary Medical Center or Maine Medical Center Memorial Fund.
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