Ruth Ida Stevens
1916 – 2010
JACKMAN — Ruth Ida Stevens, 93 of Jackman passed away Tuesday, March 2, at the Health Center.
She was born April 20, 1916, in Madison, the daughter of Eugene Raymond and Blanche Winifred (Longley) Merry.
Her childhood was spent in Maine and California. She always served as a role model for her brothers and sisters. She attended school at Fillmore Grammar and Fillmore Union High School in Fillmore, Calif., graduated from Norridgewock Junior High School with honors in 1929, Norridgewock High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1933 and Farmington Normal School in 1938. She also obtained a bachelor of science from Farmington State Teacher’s College and a master of science degree in education from Gorham State College.
She was a teacher all of her adult life helping to shape the lives of children in Brunswick and Auburn. In l972, she received an award as an outstanding elementary teacher of America in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of elementary education and service to the community. She retired from teaching in 1976.
She was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eunice Farnsworth Chapter; the National Education Association, and the Mayflower Society.
While residing in Skowhegan, she served as president of the Bloomfield Garden Club. She also was a member of the Senior Spectrum in Skowhegan, the Redington Fairview General Hospital Auxiliary and Delta Kappa Gamma, where she served in many different capacities.
A life long member of the Grange, she won many ribbons for her poetry in contests sponsored by them and was a member of the Famous Poets Society.
She loved flowers and pursued that hobby rigorously right into her late years. As much or more than gardening, she enjoyed reading and spent hours sitting on her porch in Jackman looking out at her flower garden and reading books.
She is survived by her son, Raymond Stevens and his wife, Lora Beth, of Jackman; her four grandchildren, Naomi Trepanier and her husband, Bobby, of Jackman, Benjamin Stevens of Coplin Plantation, Karen Tucker and her husband, Jeremy, of Greenbush and Eric Stevens and his wife, Kristine, of Dennistown; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Stevens of Moose River; a great-granddauaghter, Tessa Tucker of Greenbush; two step-great-grandchildren, Andrew and Katie Morissette of Dennistown; one brother, George Merry of Smithfield; two sisters, Eleanor Capaner of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mary Oatway of Winthrop; and many sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin Charles Stevens; two sons, Richard and Phillip Stevens; five brothers John, Richard, William, Alfred and Charles Merry; and one sister, Margarette Sawyer.