RUTH HAMLIN

Posted July 18, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.

BINGHAM – Ruth Hamlin, 92, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at a nursing care facility in Madison. She was born Dec. 29, 1918, on the family farm at Sugar Hill in Harmony, the daughter of Don and Beulah (Leavitt) Herrick.

She married Floyd Hamlin of Brighton, Feb. 24, 1940, in Madison. For most of her life she resided in Bingham. She worked as a clerk in stores in Harmony and Bingham, was well known as the Avon Lady in the Bingham area and did bookkeeping and accounting for her husband’s logging business. In the 1980s she assisted her daughter, Nancy, in making a handwritten copy of the inscriptions on gravestones in cemeteries from Solon to The Forks. Ruth loved to laugh and enjoyed a good yarn, a characteristic that endeared her to family and friends. She had a special affection for animals; strays always found a good meal and kind words at her doorstep.

Ruth leaves behind her son, Craig and Shirley Hamlin of Bingham; daughter, Ardeana Hamlin of Hampden; grandchildren, Guy and Vicki Hamlin of Belfast, Tim and Kay Hamlin Keiter of Portland, Jason and Jennifer Sheaff of Stetson and Andrew Sheaff of Orono; and seven great-grandchildren. Ruth will be missed by her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Barbara Herrick of Dover-Foxcroft; sisters-in-law, Barbara C. Herrick of Dover-Foxcroft and Beverly Herrick of Guilford; son-in-law, Peter Davis of Bingham; many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Ruth’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Her ashes will be interred beside her husband, Floyd, and daughter, Nancy Hamlin Davis at the village cemetery in Solon. Contributions in her memory may be made to Old Canada Road Historical Society, P.O. Box 742, Bingham, ME 04920.

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