Ruth L. Martin Desmond

July 02, 1918
- October 11, 2011

ELLSWORTH - Ruth L. Martin Desmond, 93, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Oct. 11, 2011, at an Ellsworth hospital. She was born July 2, 1918, in Holbrook, Mass., daughter of Edward and Elsie (Wentworth) Martin. Ruth graduated as valedictorian of her class from Holbrook High School. She married her husband, James Desmond, April 26, 1940. They moved to a farm in Milo, where James and Ruth raised their three children, Leon, William and Louise. Ruth lived on the farm alongside the Piscataquis River with James until his death in 1966. She worked as a bookkeeper in the Bangor area until her retirement. Ruth enjoyed crocheting. She was very active with Ronald McDonald House and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for many years. She is survived by her son, Leon Desmond and wife, Anne; daughter, Louise Desmond Thomson and husband, Garry, of Collinsville, Okla.; grandchildren, James, Joseph, Jessica, Jeffrey, Jay, Patrick, Thomas and Jarred; and great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Carly, Kaitlyn, Karen and Rachael. She was predeceased by her husband; son, Bill, in 2011; and grandson, John, in 1994. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower, celebrant. Interment will be afterward at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on October 13, 2011

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