Cumberland, ME - Sutherland, Ruthie (Helena), 94, of West Cumberland, Maine, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2019 at 3:55 AM at her home with her family by her side. She was born on March 27, 1925 in Auburn, Maine to Arthur Hamill and Clissie (Hawkes) Hamill.
She spend hear early years growing up in Rumford before moving to Portland, and finally to West Cumberland where she spend the majority of her life. She worked for many years at a restaurant owned by her parents that was known for their fried clams and lobster rolls. She loved to bake and was an excellent cook. She made pies and sold them to her neighbors. Her biscuits, roasts, and strawberry shortcake were incredible and she always made sure there was enough for anyone who might stop by.
She helped her husband, Harold, build the family auctioneering business from the ground up. She worked as a welder in South Portland during WWII and was often asked to do work in smaller spaces where others could not fit. She was very proud of being able to serve her country.
Ruth enjoyed going on motorcycle rides with her husband, Harold, and other friends. She also enjoyed to travel; especially a cruise she took with her husband to Alaska.
She was an extremely talented artist; creating needle-points, paintings, ceramics, drawings, cross-stitch, crocheting, and knitting.
She loved to read suspense/horror books and Stephen King was her favorite author. She passed this love of books to her oldest granddaughter. She also passed on her love of poker (until she went from teacher to losing more than she won). She loved to gamble, whether it was going to Beano a few times a week with her neighbor, and long-time friend, Margie Steele, buses to Foxwoods, or trips to the Oxford Casino. She was a member of the Red Hats for some time and enjoyed going on adventures with them as well.
For the past 40+ years, she was known to all as Nan or Nanny as she had 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Nan was an extremely independent, mischievous, spunky lady who always had a sparkle in her eyes. She was giving, caring, stubborn, and loved with a fierceness that made sure you never had a question of how she felt.
Ruth was pre-deceased by her parents, Arthur & Clissie, brothers, Joe & Jimmy, sisters, Ann & Jean, and son Scott.
She is survived by her husband, Harold, daughter, Pat and son-in-law Richard of Gray, daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Kevin of Jaffrey, NH, daughter-in-law Nell of South Portland, grandchildren, Cristy, Shawn, Jason, Alisha, Justin, Lyndsey, Heather, Ricky, Matthew, Laura, Tanya, and 18 great-grandchildren (including one on the way) who are all blessed to have had her in their lives.
There will be a memorial for family at a date to be determined.