Ruth Chesley Snyder


SOUTH PARIS — Ruth Chesley Snyder, 96, passed away peacefully at her home in South Paris on Friday, May 7, under the care of Beacon Hospice.

The daughter of George and Mary Milton Chesley, she was born in Mars Hill, Oct. 5, 1913. She was living in South Portland when she met and married Ralph M. Snyder on April 18, 1935. They raised their three children in Portland, where she was an active member of the Central Square Baptist Church and the Woodfords Club.

She also worked part-time as a secretary and in retail sales. As Ralph neared retirement, they moved to Higgins Beach in Scarborough. Then followed many happy years of travel, including stays in Saipan, Hawaii and New Jersey, with their daughters. She was a fabulous cook and her grandchildren still have fond memories of all the special treats she made for them. When she moved to the Oxford Hills area, she was surprised to learn that she was a direct descendant of “Old Nicholas” Chesley, an early settler whose farmstead was on Paris Hill.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and would always tell people “If you can’t be good, be careful.” She leaves her loving legacy to her two daughters, Elizabeth Raman of Honolulu and Margaret Boghosian of Portland; and her son, Stuart and his wife, Patricia of Oxford; along with 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years; a brother, George Chesley; and two sisters, Alice Chesley and Barbara Jesonis.

The family thanks all of her caregivers, with special thanks to Kim Ayotte, Martha Bumpus and her friends at Andrews House.