YORK BEACH, Maine - Ruth A. Kurtz, 74, York Beach, Maine, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in York Hospital. She was born October 19, 1936, in Franklin, a daughter of the late John S. and Ruth G. (Crockett) Shepard and was a graduate of Oak Grove School for Girls in Vassalboro, Maine. She was part of the American Field Service's first year as an exchange student to Denmark in 1953. She attended Simmons College and Boston University and trained at the New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord.
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She was a Registered Nurse and worked for Springfield, Mass., Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital and York Hospital. Psychiatric Nursing was her field. She also operated Port & Starboard Yarn Shop in York Beach for 25 years and the Patchwork Plus Quilting Shop. She was a member of the Union Congregational Church and was active in the choir, Ladies Aid, a Sunday school teacher, the Church Search Committee and as a Deaconess and Flower Committee chairwoman.
She supported the York Band with a bake sale. She was a member of the Nurses Club at York Hospital, a former treasurer of York Community services, a life member of the PTA and longtime member of Mayflower Society and Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. She was a Past Matron of the Fadette Chapter #166 of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as treasurer of the Old York D.A.R. for 14 years. She was active as a Den Mother of the York Scouts and was a volunteer for the Tax Counseling for the elderly.
She leaves her husband of 50 years, William F. Kurtz; two sons; Stephen M. Kurtz Sr., U.S. Navy, Ret. of Somersworth, and David L. Kurtz of Blacklick, Ohio; a brother John S. Shepard III of Franklin; a sister Lt. Col. Rosamond R. Shepard, U.S. Army, Ret. of New Braunfels, Texas; five grandchildren David, Richard, Brian, Stephen Jr. and Rosamond; and several great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Ruth will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, in the Union Congregational Church, Church Street, York Beach, Maine. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. The family would appreciate it if the Red Hatters would wear their hats to the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Congregational Church, Flower Fund, P.O. Box 969, York Beach, Maine 03910. Visit lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2011