Ruby M. Condon, 84: Youthful exuberance throughout life
Brunswick — Ruby Marguerite Condon, 84, died from cancer on July 4 with her sister June at her bedside.
She was the fifth child of six born to Hazel and Arthur W. Turner in Frankfort and grew up in Brunswick and Bowdoinham. Her first marriage was to Maurice Ware of Bowdoinham. Later on, she was married to Ralph Spier of Durham until his death.
Her final marriage to Clinton Condon of Freeport lasted 34 years until his death in 2005. She and Clinton enjoyed family gatherings and doing a paper route together.
Living modestly, she never boasted of her family roots dating back to the Mayflower. She was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins and Thomas Rogers, whose signatures are found on the Mayflower Compact.
After dropping out of high school, she worked for various employers, including a bakery, shoe factory, and nursing home. She was highly regarded by her family as a fine cook, although she always claimed she didn't like to cook.
Growing up, she enjoyed singing folk, hymns, and country songs and playing piano and guitar. As an adult, she enjoyed storytelling, flower and vegetable gardening. Her dogs and cats were a source of pleasure, and she would sign greeting cards to relatives with paw drawings.
Her personality is best remembered as a quiet disposition with a quirky sense of humor and a youthful approach to life. She was brave until the end, never seeking medications and always delighting in visitors.
Surviving are two sisters, Hazel June Turner (Bean) Dyer of Brunswick, and Kathleen Turner Greczkowski and husband Ed of Santa Rosa, Calif., and brother Robert Nelson Turner of Gorham; nieces, Deborah Turner Stubbs of Brunswick, Jennifer Angelini and her husband Bill, of Stevensville, Md.; Donna Morang Andrews and husband Dwight Andrews of Las Vegas; Linda Lorraine Bean of Port Clyde and Diana Bertha Bean of Scarborough, Paula Turner Verdugo of Grand Rapids, Mich., and husband Michael, Brenda Turner Raymond of South Portland and husband Glenn; niece Erin Benford of San Jose, Calif., and husband John, Karen Emrey of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nephew Robert N. Turner Jr., of East Vassalboro and his fiancee, Pamela Colvin; sister-in-law, Georgia Condon Small of Freeport; and stepchildren, Sara Condon Weed and husband Clayton of Yarmouth, Beverly Condon Tompson and husband Cy of Freeport, William Wesley Condon of Kingston, Ga., Debbie Grace, David Elliott Condon of Hauchuka City, Ariz.; and Sandra Condon Hamlin of Gorham; 20 grandchildren; grandnephews and grandnieces; 37 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren;
A visiting hour will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. funeral on Friday, June 10 at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.
Correspondence may be sent to the Estate of Ruby Condon, P.O. Box 860, Camden, ME 04843.