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HARTLAND Ė Ruth Powers, passed peacefully on August 11, 2011. She was born December 1, 1929 in Harmony, a daughter of Elmer and Ethel (Webster) Fox. She attended Harmony schools and was a graduate of Hartland Academy, Class of 1948. She married her love and soul mate Harlow Powers on December 11, 1948 at Grace Linn United Methodist Church in Hartland. They remained sweethearts for the next 60 years. He passed before her on February 2, 2008, and is surely there to greet her for another dance. Ruth and Harlow spent most of their married life in St. Albans and enjoyed summer months at their cottage on her beloved Big Indian Lake. After retiring, they moved to a year round home on Great Moose Lake. Ruth loved being near the water and found great peace in the sights and sounds of it.

She was very active all of her life, working at Scott Webb Memorial Hospital, and later spent over 30 years as an administrative assistant and teacherís aide for St. Albans Elementary School, watching over 3 generations of children pass through. She was also an active member of the Chatterbox Club, the Outlook Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a lifetime member of the Grace Linn United Methodist Church. Ruth was very involved with the Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary and was elected itís National President. She traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking to promote fund raising for juvenile diabetes, a cause near and dear to her heart. She was a much respected member of her community as well as an area soloist for weddings, church and other special occasions. She held many friends close to her heart and was always the giver to her family, friends and community. She leaves her grandchildren and great grandchildren with many memories and her example will live on in each of them.

She was predeceased by her husband, her brother Webster Fox, brothers in law, Clifford Merrill, Frank Jordan, Dr. Paul Briggs, Philip Gray, and sisters in law, Mary and Anna Fox. Ruth is survived by her children, Kathy and husband Harvey Nichols, Randy and wife Kaye Powers; grandchildren, Matthew Powers, Travis, Shannon, Traci and Staci Nichols; great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brooke, Erin, Lexus, Zachary, Cody, Colin, and Jonathan; her brother Richard Fox; sisters Ida Briggs, Virginia and Lee Peterson, Marjorie Jordan and Evangeline Gray; nieces, Candy Cooper, Sherry Herbst, Caroline Martin, Judy Chase, Joyce Kennett, Karen Parke, Jean Blake, Dawn Cox, Colleen Seremet and Coral Showalter; nephews, Alan, Tom, Kenny, Webster, and James Fox, Frank Jordan, the Rev. Paul Briggs, Dale Peterson and Edward Parke.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Wednesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, August 18th, at Grace Linn United Methodist Church, Hartland, with the Rev. Paul Briggs and Pastor James Boughman officiating. A committal service will be held 2 PM Monday, September 12th, at the Maloon Cemetery, St. Albans.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ruth Powers Memorial Fund to benefit the St. Albans Elementary School Library; in care of the Superintendantís Office, R.S. U. #19, P. O. Box 40, Newport, ME 04953; or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, P. O. Box 426, Westbrook, ME 04098 . Those who wish may leave written condolences at

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