Ruth Stratton Glencross


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Pittsfield - Ruth Stratton Glencross, 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, February 18, 2019, in Pittsfield.
She was born on December 29, 1927, in Ellsworth, Maine, a daughter of the late Kendall and Madeline (Woodworth) Stratton. She graduated from Ellsworth High School with the class of 1945 and went on to receive her degree in nursing from Eastern Maine General Hospital in 1948. She married her soulmate, Harold Glencross, on November 5, 1950 and they shared 68 years of marriage.
Ruth was a nurse to her core. She was employed as a registered nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She served as the Director of Nursing at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for 20 years and also at Woodlawn Nursing Home in Skowhegan for 13 years. She believed in education and taught med tech classes for the State of Maine.
Ruth loved her family more than anything. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making beautiful sweaters for those she loved. She was famous for her spaghetti sauce, beef stew with dumplings and delicious lemon meringue pie. She prided herself in making good meals and was considered the grand hostess of the "family farm".
She is survived by her loving husband, Harold Glencross of Pittsfield; children: Bob Glencross and companion Becky Keene of Auburn, Mike Glencross and wife Cynthia of Pittsfield, Bill Glencross of Pittsfield and Reita Abbott and husband Joel of Sorrento, Florida; grandchildren: Katie Glencross, Eric Glencross, Jamie Glencross, Brandon Glencross, Brittney Glencross, Nicholas Glencross and Corey Smith and wife Kim; great grandson, Bodhi Smith; brother, Kendall Stratton and wife Marcia of Hancock; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Burtchaell Glencross; and two brothers: Dana Stratton and Bill Stratton.
The family will receive friends from 2-3:30 p.m., with a time of remembrance at 3:30 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A committal will take place in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Pittsfield.
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Published on February 18, 2019
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8 posts

Sharyn Brown Barker
Feb 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Glencross' passing. All of you are in my thoughts. She was a terrific lady. I hope you find peace in the coming days.
Linda Moon
Feb 20, 2019
Ruth was a wonderful nurse and supervisor. She cared both for her patients and staff. As a young nurse working at Sebasticook I appreciated her support and assistance in balancing family needs with staffing concerns.
Vera Lloyd Bryant
Feb 20, 2019
Ruth was a great head nurse. I enjoyed working with her at the hospital. My condolences to the entire Glencross family.
Debi Lasselle Collman
Feb 19, 2019
Reita and family, my sincerest condolences to you all.. ♥️
Anna and Steven Peterson
Feb 19, 2019
Love and sympathy for you all. She was a wonderful lady!
Ralph Fowler
Feb 19, 2019
I remember her great meals back on the farm. I have great memories of those days haying. Love and condolences to the whole Glencross famly.
Mary Cahoon
Feb 19, 2019
Dear Reita,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear mother. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared with your mother comfort you now and in the days ahead.
She will always be in your heart, today and forever more.
I am
so sorry for your loss.
F. Louis
Feb 19, 2019
I want to express my condolences to your family and friends over the loss of your love one. In times like this a comforting word is welcomed. May you receive strength and comfort from the God who promise to “swallow up death forever” and give us a hope of a “resurrection”. - Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15.