1940 – 2014

LEWISTON — Ruthann Munroe Gideon Mangan, 73, of Auburn, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, at Central Maine Medical Center, following a short illness.

She was born in Somerville, Mass., on April 17, 1940, to Beatrice E. Smith Munroe Blaney and James Clayton. Ruthann graduated from Nashua High School in Nashua, N.H., in 1958. She then graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland in 1961. Ruthann went on to work at several nursing facilities, two of which she was particularly fond of: Pineland Center and Augusta Mental Health Institute. She retired in 2005, at the age of 65.

Ruthann enjoyed spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and her pets, as well as cooking, baking, furniture refinishing and decorating. Her family’s fondest memories of her include vacuuming during television time and the time she donated her ironing to Goodwill.

Ruthann is survived by her children from her first marriage: one daughter, Beth Gideon of Sammamish, Wash.; and four sons, David Gideon and his wife, Vickie Gould, of Lewiston, Seth Gideon of Pownal, Cain Gideon and his wife, Mary, of Lewiston and Saul Gideon of West Gardiner; as well as her two daughters from her second marriage, Meghan Mangan Norman and her husband, Erik Norman, of Durham and Kerry Mangan of Auburn. She is also survived by her four granddaughters, Haley, Olivia and Emma Gideon of Lewiston and Kaitlin Norman of Durham; her brother, Robert Munroe of Dallas, Texas; her sister, Nancy Sweeton of Enfield, Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother, Beatrice E. Smith Munroe Blaney; her father, James Clayton Munroe; her stepfather, who fathered her from the age of six, John F. Blaney; her nephew, Stephen Smith; and her uncle, Robert Smith.

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