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Ruth V. White
NEWPORT—Ruth V. White, 89, died May 13, 2012 at a Bangor hospital. She was born December 20, 1922 in Patten, the second oldest of a family of seven to Henry and Mary Dora (Shorette) Pelkey. She graduated from Newport High School in the top ten of a class of 32 in 1941. On November 1, 1941, she was married by the Rev. John Reynolds to Donald H. White.

Ruth was a very busy person. While raising her family, she worked part time at many different jobs. She picked potatoes, apples, beans, peas and carrots, was a waitress and short order cook, employed with the hot lunch program, where she was a manager for some time in the grammar school. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and a Girl Scout leader. She also volunteered for the Meals for Me program from 1988 to 2011.

She was a member of the Victoria Rebekah Lodge, a past Noble Grand, and past District Deputy in the Rebekah Assembly of Maine. Ruth was also Past Master of Eastville Grange #426.

Ruth was an avid Red Sox fan and bowler. She had many trophies and plagues. She was a Senior Single champ in 1993 to 1994. She had a Triple Crown Plague for teams, doubles, and singles in the senior league and was still bowling in the 1990’s with an average of 89.

She was a member of the Newport Senior Citizens since 1988 and held the offices of president, vice president, and secretary for 9 years. She was a secretary of the U.B.B.’s of the High Street Congregational Church for many years until they folded for lack of members. She worked at the Edward’s Company after her husband passed away in 1971, and retired in 1988.

She is survived by her son, Donald White, Jr. of Newport; a daughter, Sharon Oakes of Bangor; a sister, Albertine Pelkey of Pittsfield; 2 sisters-in-law, Virginia Pelkey of Pittsfield and Eleanor Gordon of Florida; many nieces and nephews, including 3 special nieces and their families, Cheryl Webb of Stafford Springs, CT, Jan Tasker of Etna, and Paula Scott of Houlton.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by 2 sisters, Jacqueline Currier and Lillian Poulin; and 3 brothers, John, Shirley, and Henry Pelkey, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 10 A.M. Thursday, May 17th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Friends may call from 9 A.M. until the time of services. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

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