Ruth's Story

SKOWHEGAN - Ruth Vivian Vermette, 83, of Skowhegan, passed away, Thursday November 20, 2014, peacefully at home in Skowhegan, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends.

Ruth was the beloved wife of Gerald E. Vermette, and the loving daughter of Leona and Arthur Ouillette of Caribou. She was born on May 7, 1931 in Caribou, Maine, the sister of the Rev. Arthur J. Ouillette of Massachusetts (deceased); Kathleen and husband, Robert Karr of California; Richard and wife, Theresa Ouillette of Caribou; Reginald and wife, Teresa Ouillette of Caribou; Joyce and Dennis Theriault (both deceased) of Fort Kent; Greta and husband, Joseph Cianchette Jr. of Detroit, Maine; Mona MacBain of Clinton, Connecticut; and Sheila and husband, Wendall Jacobson of Raymond. She was also the aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Gerald, Ruth is survived by her children: Jean and her partner, Chris of Bangor; Michael and his wife, Debra of Saint Albans; Mary and her partner, Scott of Ashville, North Carolina; David and his wife, Doris of Bingham; Peter and his partner, Mary of Scarborough; Danielle and her partner, Peter of Toronto, Canada; and her four grandchildren: Stephanie, Lael, Spencer, and Austin; as well as the many young adults who have been calling her "MA" for many years.

Ruth attended the U of Maine in Gorham and graduated in 1953 with a B.S. degree in Education. She remained an active alumni and helped with planning many class reunions. During her career, Ruth enjoyed teaching both church and public school in Silver Spring, Maryland, Columbus, Georgia, and Skowhegan, Maine. Ruth was active in her church, with girl scouting, with the Skowhegan choral group, the Cursillo Movement, and RCIA. After the children had left home, Ruth worked in Gerald's dental office for many years where her specialty was working with people who needed Myofunctional Therapy. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to thank the many people who helped her move on in peace and dignity, the staff at hospice and the nursing staff at Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water St., Skowhegan, Maine. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's name to Covenant House: Covenant House, Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900,
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