NASHUA - Ruth Barnes Mitchell Hamblett died peacefully on Jan. 21, 2013, at the Hunt Community of Nashua, where she had resided since May 2008.
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Ruth was born on Sept. 16, 1928, in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Frank Leslie Mitchell and Edith Louise Barnes Mitchell. In 1930 the Mitchell family moved to Toronto then two years later to Montreal.
In 1948 Doris Barnes, Ruth's aunt, invited Ruth to visit her in Nashua, where Doris taught Latin at Nashua High School. Doris was a close friend of Helen Hamblett, mother of David Hamblett who was attending Harvard College at the time. On Sept. 9, 1950 David and Ruth were married at the Unitarian Church of Montreal.
Ruth actively volunteered for the Nashua Symphony and Community Concerts, selling memberships every fall season. She also loved to garden, annually planting daffodil and tulip bulbs every spring in the wooded area in front of her family home.
Ruth worked part time as the occupational therapist at the Goffstown County Jail in the late 1950s and early 60s. She also designed and sewed her own clothes as well as smocked dresses for her daughter, Susan. Ruth also mastered woodworking, leather crafts and knitting as well as drawing and painting family summer homes and landscapes. Ruth was very active in the Nashua Unitarian Universalist Church as a church school teacher and member, along with her husband. Later, Ruth also explored her spiritual paths towards Buddhism with other friends in the Nashua community. After her marriage dissolved in 1986, Ruth continued to be active in the church, encouraging creativity with the youth of the church and participating in church activities. She also attended art classes and lectures at Rivier College.
Ruth is survived by her four children, Susan (Hylen, Stephen), Robert (Anne), Jonathan and Frank (Cynthia) as well as 10 grandchildren and her great-grandson, Isaac Corey Christopherson.
SERVICES: A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua (603-882-10910) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to The Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua,58 Lowell St., Nashua 03064; Hunt Community Scholarship Fund, 10 Allds St., Nashua 03060 or Amedisys Hospice, 1E Commons Drive, Unit 33, Londonderry, 03053.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 25, 2013