Obituary: Ruthan Hamlin – The Portland Press Herald

Ruthan Hamlin

Falmouth — Ruthan Hamlin, 79, of Falmouth and Venice, Florida, died in Falmouth on Thursday, April 22, 2022, of the neurodegenerative disease “aphasia,” for which there are no known cures.

Born Ruthan Marie Faria in Attleboro, Massachusetts, she is the eldest of three children. She graduated from King Phillip Regional High School, Wrentham, MA, and later graduated from Baker Junior College, Worcester, MA, with an associate’s degree in Secretarial/Office Administration. Moving to the Boston area, I worked for many years at Lincoln Laboratories. Boston was also where she met and married (1967) Bruce Hamlin. She moved to Maine with her husband in 1973.

She left her immediate family from her husband, Bruce Hamlin of Falmouth-Venice, Florida; Sister Nancy McGraw of Surrey; daughter of Sally Hamlin Forester of Boulder, Colorado, daughter of Abigail Hamlin Senert (David H) of Lafayette Colo; descendants of Lily (18) and Larkin (16) Forster, Benjamin (15) and Margaret (13) Senert; Plus her best friend ever, Penny McGonagall of Yarmouth.

Ruthan’s interests centered on arts and crafts, including quilting for clubs and fairs, sewing club meetings and, perhaps most favorably, gardening and beekeeping. During her years in North Yarmouth, she kept several hives. Most recently, she was a member/volunteer at The Venice Club, Florida Garden where she helped raise an annual home tour fundraiser. Ruthan was a member of the Falmouth Country Club, where she lived on Inverness Road for 22 years, mostly as a snowboarder. Her winter home was the Plantation Golf Country Club in Venice, Florida, where she was a member of the nine-hole women’s golf group and a volunteer with the Plantation Community Foundation.

While living in Maine, Ruthan was a long-term member of the Portland Yacht Club, both working for the PYC office for many years, participating in several annual cruises with her husband and the “Ruthless” sailboat. Until I got sick, I volunteered at the gift shop at Maine Medical Center. Ruthan was a very kind and generous person who will be missed by those who knew her.

Her favorite charities were the Plantation Community Foundation – Venice, Florida, and the National Quilt Museum – Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as several women’s causes.

Wishes for each Ruthan, memorial services are not planned. The arrangements are entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave. Berlin, NH

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