Ruth Morse, 89

Ruth Morse

Ruth Morse

FRYEBURG — Ruth Harriet Murphy Morse, 89, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Ruth was born on Dec. 12, 1926, in West Glassville, New Brunswick, Canada. She was the daughter of Ernest David Murphy and Harriett Mary Black. Ruth graduated from Fredricton, New Brunswick Normal School and the University of Maine Presque Isle, and received her Master’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono in 1971. She married Kempton John Morse in 1948, and became an American citizen.

Her teaching career began in West Glassville, New Brunswick, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She went on to teach in Easton and Presque Isle, at Fryeburg Academy and Kennett High School.

Ruth loved her summers at East Grand Lake. Fishing, playing cards, Scrabble, sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting, and Words with Friends were just a few of her favorite things. She enjoyed her many dear friends and especially time with her family.

Ruth is survived by daughters Linda Cronkite of Lewiston and Louise Maillett and husband Patrick of Fryeburg; grandsons Jerod and wife Kristen of Rockport, Garth Cronkite and wife Deedra of Glenwood, Md., Amos Maillett and wife Maria, Joshua Maillett and wife Elizabeth, and Caleb Maillett and wife Lauren of Fryeburg; great-grandchildren Jeremy Brock and fiancé Mckenzie Houp of Bangor, Madison Cronkite of Rockport, Gavin and Grady Cronkite of Glenwood Md., Kempton and Ana Maillett of Fryeburg, and Cecelia Maillett of Fryeburg. Ruth is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Claudia Brown and Phyllis Black, and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Kempton John Morse, who died in 1982. She was also predeceased by her brothers Raymond William Murphy and Ernest Leroy Murphy, and sister Rowena Minch.

Ruth was a member of the North Fryeburg Community Chapel. A memorial service will be held at The North Fryeburg Community Chapel, 1225 West Fryeburg Rd., Fryeburg, on Saturday, March 7th, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Fryeburg.

Memorial gifts may be sent in her memory to: North Fryeburg Community Chapel, Chapel Hall Fund, PO Box 204, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers at Fryeburg Health Care Center who lovingly cared for Ruth.

Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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