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LEVANT – Ruth Viola Candage, 77, went to be with her Lord peacefully Feb. 21, 2010. She was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Bar Harbor, a daughter of Malcolm and Ina (Butler) Salisbury Sr. She graduated from Bar Harbor High School, Class of 1950, and became a wife and mother of three children. Ruth was active in their lives as a member of the PTA, a leader in 4-H and Girl Scouts, and was a Cub Scout den mother for many years. She and her husband raised white faced Herefords donating many to the Baby Beef Club. She also enjoyed showing white faced Herefords at many state fairs. After she could no longer raise them she developed a deep love and friendship with her border collie, Princess – a shadow at her heels, they were rarely seen apart. Princess would lay at her feet for hours as she fervently knit many mittens and socks for family and friends. She was always a fanatic about making sure the “great white hunters” had plenty of food at lunchtime. She never seemed to mind. She loved working in her vegetable and flower gardens, enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, and watching them each day. Patrons of M & M and Killarney’s restaurants in Bangor will remember Ruth as a caring waitress who made their visits special. She enjoyed working for many years with her friend and fellow waitress, Alice Poor. The two continued a strong bond well into retirement. Coming into her life much later but bringing Ruth a special friendship and a new peace with her God are friends, Rose and David. A special thanks to them for the many Saturday visits and mid-week calls. Also a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Call, and Ricky Call who frequently went above and beyond their normal relationship as a neighbor. Thanks also to Dana Crockett who helped Ruth through the many hardships and frustrations of owning a business after her husband passed away. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Donald P. Candage Sr.; her brother, Wellington Salisbury; and a sister, Herthel Strout. Ruth is survived by three children, Donald Candage Jr. and wife, Brenda, of Carmel, Donna Goodspeed and husband, Robert Jr., also of Carmel, and Dennis Candage and fiancee, Sheri, of Exeter; seven grandchildren, Craig Goodspeed and wife, Amber, Donald “Bucky” Candage and wife, Angie, Danika Salah and husband, Sam, Amanda Hay and husband, Brandon, Joseph Goodspeed and wife, Miranda, Stanley Candage and wife, Melissa, and Robbie Goodspeed and girlfriend, Danielle; and 11 great-grandchildren, Bradley, Brooke, Breanna, Munira, Ibrahim, Zeyad, Abbie, Elijah, Michael, Willow and Madison. She is also survived by three sisters, Virginia, Carolyn and Annie; a brother, Malcolm, Jr.; many nieces and nephews; as well as special hunters, Rob Green, and Vaughn and Donna Douchette. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport. Spring interment will be at Waugh Cemetery, Levant. Memorial donations may be made to Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

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