1947 – 2015

DURHAM — Ruth Ann White, 67, of Durham, died Friday, Feb. 27, at her home, with her longtime, loving companion, William, at her side after a long illness.

She was born in Lewiston on Dec. 24, 1947, a beloved daughter of the late Elbridge Grant Harris Sr. and Mary Florence Harris. Ruth was employed at Eastland Shoe in Freeport as a lacer for many years. She attended Auburn schools and later attained her GED.

Ruth was considered the “Rock” of her family and she was always there to help. She enjoyed going to auctions and yard sales, and traveling to the coast of Maine. She also enjoyed camping in northern Maine, maintaining her vegetable and flower gardens, her cats — especially Peewee and Fluffy, studying birds and watching NASCAR every weekend; her favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr.

She is survived by her companion, William Bichrest, of Durham; a daughter, Julie Smith and her husband, Ed; three granddaughters, Danielle, Abigail and Whitney, all of Durham; two sisters, Dorothy Campbell of Virginia and Darlene Rose Harris of Auburn; a brother, George Edward Harris, of Auburn; a sister-in-law, Robin, of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Mary Barbara Harris; a brother, Elbridge “Joe” Harris Jr.; and her loving dog, Spanky.

The family would like to send a very special thank-you to the entire staff at the Hospice House for the exceptional care they gave to Ruth.

She will be sorely missed by family and friends, and her passing creates a void that will never be filled.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Ruth’s life by visiting her guest book at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.

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