Ruth V. Whalen, 91: Her paintings brought joy to family
BRUNSWICK — Ruth V. Whalen, 91, died Oct. 4 at her home.
On Aug. 17, 1919, she was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of Snyder and Florence Peterson Perry.
She graduated from Danvers High School in Massachusetts.
She was married to Grover Smith from 1940 until his death in 1953.
In June 1957 she married Roy Whalen in Syracuse, N.Y., and they were married until his death in 1993.
She and Roy lived in Malibu, Calif., before moving to Harpswell in 1963. Ten years later, they moved to Brunswick.
Every summer she and her husband would travel to her childhood home in Churchover, Nova Scotia.
Her garden, fishing and kayaking brought her great joy.
Later in life she became an artist and her landscape paintings were enjoyed by her family and friends.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and People Plus.
Surviving are two daughters, Janet Whalen and Virginia Smith, both of Brunswick; and a grandson, Adam Milliken.
Memorial services were held earlier this week.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.
Memorial condolences may be expressed at brackettfuneralhome.com.