Ruth W. Clark, 96

Ruth Clark

MEDFORD, ORE. — Ruth W. Clark, 96, formerly of Bridgton, died peacefully on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at her son’s home in Medford, Ore., with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

She was born in Sweden on Oct. 2, 1920, the daughter of Eugene Heald Woodbury and Edna Mabel Mack Woodbury. She attended Fryeburg Academy, graduating in 1938. She was the eldest living recipient of the Academy’s Gibson Medal. She also attended Farmington State Normal School (now UMF).

During the war, she roomed with friends, and worked for Sperry Gyroscope in NYC; but for over 35 years, she worked at the Fred P. Saunders dowel company in Bridgton. She was very active in the First Congregational Church in Bridgton, singing in the choir for decades.

She is survived by her two sons, Jonathan Clark of Medford, Ore. and Louis (Lucky) Clark of Sweden; a granddaughter, two nephews, five grandnieces/nephews, and eight great-grandnieces/nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Erwin Louis Clark in 1970; her older brother, Theodore Redfield Woodbury in 1935; her older sister, Sylvia Woodbury Merrill in 1998; and her beloved younger sister, Katharine Woodbury Cadman in 2010.

An informal interment will be held at the little Woodbury Cemetery on Route 93 in Sweden on Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m. Anyone who knew her is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the First Congregational Church of Bridgton, the Bridgton Historical Society or Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, as all were organizations she supported throughout her life.

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