AUBURN — Ruth Avis (Sedgeley) Driscoll, 95, died Monday, March 5, at Clover Manor in Auburn.

She was born in Lewiston on Jan. 6, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Methyl (Drake) Sedgeley. A 1942 graduate of Lewiston High School, she was also a graduate of the Auburn Maine School of Commerce.

In 1944, Ruth moved to Hobbs, N.M., during WWII to marry John T. Driscoll, of New Auburn, who was training pilots after returning from his completed missions in the European Theater. During their 52 years of marriage, they had seven children, and raised their family in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, returning home to Maine in 1974. Ruth’s heart was always in Maine where the family has spent summers at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester since 1952.

Ruth and John traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe during their retirement years. Over her lifetime, Ruth embraced her large extended family, friends and neighbors. There was always an extra seat at the table for anyone wanting lasagna or a cup of Taster’s Choice instant coffee. The cookie jar was always filled with Toll House cookies or whoopie pies. Her life was about caring for others.

Ruth is survived by her children, Jo-Ann Driscoll (daughter-in-law), Elaine Becker, the Rev. Susan Nolan (Tom Woithe), Thomas Driscoll (Katherine), Catherine Gregory (Alan), Nancy Gilbert (Greg) and Patricia Morris (John); her sister-in-law, Rosalie Hames; her 14 grandchildren, David Becker, Karen Frohlich, Amy Becker, Jonathan Nolan, James Nolan, Rebecca Clark, Timothy Gregory, John Driscoll, Sarah Waters, Jessica Smith, Melissa Legare, Daniel Bernier, Christopher Morris and Deanna Morris; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother, Richard Sedgeley; her son, David Driscoll; and her son-in-law, Charles Becker.

Thanks to Clover Health Care staff for all the special care given to Ruth over the years, including chocolate doughnuts on request at 2 a.m. She was the happiest customer Clover ever had.

Special thanks also to Beacon Hospice’s loving staff for providing Ruth with personalized care, including tea parties, manicures and daily companionship.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Ruth’s online guest book at

Ruth A. Driscoll

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