Ruth will be missed as a charming woman and an undaunting geneologist ... (Deacon)John Farrington descendants, be it known that a LOT of what we know ultimately goes back to her research! She KNEW people that we only know as names on paper, and shared her research freely. I only met with her once (first cousin, twice removed!), but she was an incredible fount of knowledge, and her library of Farrington, Dow, and related lines of research is HUGE.
RUTH ELLSWORTH DOW
NOBLEBORO - Ruth Ellsworth Dow, 101, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at Coves Edge Nursing Home in Damariscotta, her home for the past four months. She was born April 19, 1904, Patriot's Day, at her uncle's home in Portland, the daughter of J. Henry and Abbie (Farrington) Dow. Her first six years were spent in South Portland at Coleman Cottage on the grounds of the Reform School for Boys, where
her father was the assistant superintendent. Not wishing to bring his children up at the institution, her father bought a farm in rural Kennebec County in Fayette. This remained the family home from 1910 until 1944. In 1922, Ruth graduated from Kent's Hill in Readfield with recognition as class valedictorian. After a year earning the funds to help finance her education, she matriculated
at Colby College in 1923. She majored in Latin in reparation as a high school teacher. She was active in girls sports as well as working part-time mopping the
gym floor, washing dishes and working in the campus dining room and kitchen. Her senior year she was house chairman of Dutton House, which had no resident "adult" supervision. She became a member of Phi Beta Kappa and spoke at commencement exercises in 1927. Her first teaching
position was at Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor. After three years of teaching in Chatham, Mass., she enrolled as a full-time student at Boston University where she received her A.M. degree in Latin and Greek in 1933. She returned to Maine for the rest of her teaching career. Her final years of teaching were at Bucksport High School, Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston and in Pittsfield. In addition to Latin, she taught French, English and algebra at the high school level. She also served as a school librarian, with two summers of graduate courses in Library Science at the University of Maine in Orono in 1969 and 1970, when she was in her mid-sixties. From 1946-1961, she left public school teaching to minister to others while residing with her extended family at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, George and Myrtle Dow in Orono. For a number of years she went into
community settings and rural schools with weekly Bible stories on a flannel graph board. (Since then the Supreme Court has banned such classes on school time). After her mother's death in 1948, she also spent considerable time caring for her invalid father un-til his death in 1961, in his hundredth year. After going back to teaching from 1961-1971, she returned to Noble-boro and made her home with George and Myrtle. She was a member of the Maine Educa-tion
Association, National Re-tired Teachers Association and the Lincoln County Retired Educators. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro, primarily as a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher, but also held other offices. In addition, for many years she wrote articles for children's Sunday school teachers in a national weekly, The Sunday School Times. Ruth was a charter member of the Nobleboro Historical Society. She served for many years as cataloger of artifacts and data on buildings, genealogy and other historic material for the society. In recognition of this service she was granted an honorary membership. A long time hobby had been
genealogy, with a special focus on the Dow family. Her extensive collection of 3X5" cards documented information on Dow's in Maine (and beyond). Until last spring she was still updating material and sharing her knowledge with
correspondents. Ruth received the Boston Post Cane as Nobleboro's oldest resident on her 101st birthday last April. She rejoiced that she was able to participate in both the family and town birthday parties to celebrate her
brother George's 100th birthday last July. She is survived by her brother, George Dow of Nobleboro; three nieces, Margaret Ricker and husband, George, of Windham, Barbara Turner and husband, James, of Cary, N.C., Elizabeth Scott and companion, Maurice Furbush of Bangor; two great-nephews, William Ricker and wife, Pamela, of Dorchester, Mass., Timothy Turner and wife, Kim, of Wilmington, N.C.; three great-nieces, Ruth Ricker of Boston, Mass., Carol Carter and husband, Wayne, of Glenburn, Barbara Scott and
companion, Scott Thibodeau of South Portland; and three great-greats, Louisa Ricker of Dorchester, Mass., Janis Ricker of Boston, Mass. and Amanda Carter of Glenburn. She was pre-deceased by her sister-in-law, Myrtle Dow in 1992. Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Strong Funeral Home in Damariscotta. A celebration of her life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at the church after the service on Friday. Interment will follow at the Alna Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro, P.O. Box 35, Nobleboro, ME 04555 or the Cove's Edge Care Fund, Cove's Edge, 26 Schooner St., Damariscotta, ME 04543. Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Strong Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 612 Main St., Damariscotta
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