Ellsworth – Ruth Ellen Parker, 88, resident of Edgewood Way in Ellsworth died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Newport surrounded by family. She was born April 29, 1929 in Bar Harbor a daughter of Andrew Harmon and Hulda Mae (Hodgkins) Herrick. Ruth attended schools and graduated from Ellsworth schools.
She attended the University of Maine at Machias for three years and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington.
She taught schools in various locations along with her husband Donald E. Parker who was a school principal until she retired to raise her family.
Ruth was a member of the United Baptist Church of Ellsworth for many years and was also a member of the Irene Chapter #97 Order of Eastern Star for over fifty years. She had served for many years as a 4H leader and enjoyed her time with that organization. She enjoyed camping, gardening, knitting, doing crafts, cooking, assembling jigsaw puzzles and had served as a swimming instructor for many years. She enjoyed frequent trips to Acadia National Park and enjoyed spending time with her family at her camp in Eastbrook on Molasses Pond.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, her husband Donald E. Parker who died in 2004, as well as two sons, Baby Parker and David A. Parker.
Survivors include her two daughters, Linda E. Doiron of Wilton, ME and Rebecca D. and her husband J. Paul Hoffman, IV of Newport, ME as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-6 PM on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main Street, Ellsworth. The Order of Easter Star will conduct a service on Friday at 5PM at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday December 30, 2017 at the United Baptist Church, 28 Hancock Street, Ellsworth. Spring interment will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Irene Chapter #97 Order of Eastern Star c/o Estarl, PO Box 389, Ellsworth, ME 04605, in Ruth E. Parker’s memory.