Ruth May King passed away peacefully at the Kiwanis Nursing Home in Sussex, on Sunday, June 28th, 2020, with her family by her side. She was in her 99th year and was the last surviving member of her family. Born in Mercer Settlement, NB, in 1921, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Edna (Thompson) Mercer.
Ruth grew up in Mercer Settlement, and attended the Parleeville School, and the Mercer Settlement Church. Ruth was twelve when her mother passed away, so at a young age she took on many family responsibilities. She frequently travelled to the City Market in Saint John to sell eggs and produce from the farm. In her early twenties she worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Kennedy in Sussex. She met Roland King of Norton, fell in love, and was married in July of 1947. They had 3 red-haired daughters and lived their life on the farm in Norton. Ruth was a wonderful mother, homemaker and farm wife, raising chickens, tending the garden, driving the tractor, and cooking fantastic meals. She was very close with, and always there for her girls, celebrating every birthday together, and taking many day and overnight trips.
Ruth was a life member of St. Andrew’s United Church in Norton, and faithfully attended UCW. She was also a life member of the NB Women’s Institute. Ruth loved growing strawberries, gathering eggs, quilting, knitting, and made the best biscuits and pancakes. A cup of tea and a snack were always part of a visit with Ruth, who would sit in her sunporch, with her geraniums in every window. With the support of her daughters, homemakers, neighbours, friends, and family, Ruth was able to live at home until she was 95.
Ruth is survived by her daughters: Alice Hayward (Clifford) of Saint John, Glenna Cameron (Marty) of Sussex, and Kathryn Dearman (John) of Norton; her very special grandchildren: Sara Hayward, Amy Meahan (Michael), Evan Dearman (Cate), and Ryan Dearman (Sarah). She was also blessed with her great-grandchildren: Micky, Piper, Curtis, and Iyla; as well as 17 cherished nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband Roland; her siblings: Robert, Sarah, Annie, Evelyn, Margaret, Harry, Lawson, Roland’s siblings Jennie and Dawson, and spouses. Earlier this year, Ruth also lost a very special nephew, Billy Colpitts.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Kiwanis Nursing Home for the care and compassion shown to Ruth.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (506-839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private services will be held.
Memorial donations in memory of Ruth may be made to the Riverbank Cemetery or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through: www.sherwoodsfuneralhome.com
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