AUBURN — Mrs. Ruth M. Milliken Nelson, 95, of 539 Turner St., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

Born in Lew­iston on May 27, 1915, a daughter of Harry M. and Eulila D. Faunce Milliken, she graduated from Edward Little High School in the Class of 1933. She married Werner R. Nelson on April 24, 1936. They enjoyed 66 years together.

Mrs. Nelson was a long-standing member of the Court Street Baptist Church and worked as a secretary at Bates College and at the family business, Androscoggin Die Co.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and doing crafts. She loved spending time with family. Ruth will be remembered for being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, a son, David R. and his wife, Janet Nelson, of Auburn; a daughter, Sandra R. Martin of Auburn; a son, Mark R. and his wife, Aloise Nelson, of Turner; grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Alison Nelson, of Minot, Angela and her husband, Jeff Knox, of Saco, Sharon and her husband, Richard Schwirian, of Hermine, Pa., Julianne Greenawalt of Irwin, Pa., Timothy Martin of North Irwin, Pa., Dean and Terrie Nelson of Florida; great-grandchildren, Michael Nelson and his fiancee, Tara Smith, Kera Knox, Khela Knox, and Vanessa Knox, all of Maine, Christopher Schwirian, Katrina Schwirian, Jeremiah Greenawalt and Lauren Greenawalt, all of Pennsylvania and Brenden Nelson and Dillin Nelson, both of Florida; plus several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Werner, May14, 2002; two brothers, Vernon and Harry Milliken; and an infant sister.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice.

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