Ruth Idell (Barton) Davis

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WATERVILLE - Ruth Idell (Barton) Davis, 93, died Dec. 19, 2013 in Waterville.

She was born Feb. 1, 1920 in Grants Pass, Ore., a daughter of George S. and Hazel (Logan) Barton. She graduated from Eugene High School and was a graduate of Bob Jones University.

She taught high school in Mars Hill and Oakridge, Ore.

She married Harold J. Davis in 1948 and was a farm wife and later worked with her husband in his electronics sales and service business in Junction City and Santa Clara, Ore. She operated a children's clothing store with their Santa Clara business for several years.

After her husband died in 1978, she traveled and visited her children across the United States and wrote a biography of Grace Small, "The Hitchiking Grandmother."

In her later years, she moved to Maine to be near a son and daughter.

She had been active in Baptist churches in Eugene and Junction City, Ore., and had attended Burnham Baptist Church in Maine.

She was known for persistence in her work and always looked for another way when faced with an obstacle to her goals. She was faithful in praying for her children, grandchildren and her own siblings.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Sandra and Bill Anderson, of Spring Lake, Mich.; Judith and Waldo Libby, of Vassalboro; and Ruth and Philip Beverly, of Elgin, Ore.; and two sons and their wives, James and Susan Davis, of Dexter, Ky., and Frederick and Victoria Davis, of The Dalles, Ore.; a brother, Richard Barton, of Springfield, Ore., and a sister, Bethel Wormington, of Nebraska. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 23, 2013