Ruth H. Kittredge, 100: Centenarian spent entire life as South Portland resident

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Ruth Hazel Gavett Kittredge, 100, died July 27 at the Barron Center in Portland.

On May 6, 1909, she was born in Portland to John A. and Gertrude B. Gavett.

She lived all 100 years at the family home on Smith Street in South Portland.

As a young girl in South Portland, she sold milk to the neighbors from her father’s seven dairy cows. Growing up on a farm led to a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs and ducks.

She married Elmer G.Kittredge and had six children together.

Later in life, she enjoyed working at local businesses, Colonial Cleaners and Carolyn’s Catering.

She was a member of the South Portland Historical Society, The Order Of The Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church of South Portland.

Community-minded, she supported charities like the Heart Fund, The Spring Point Festival, The Salvation Army, The St.Labre Indian School and Disabled Veterans.

Her interests included classical music, reading, traveling and tracing the family lineage. She was an active member in a bridge club made up of neighbors and relatives.

She often shared her cooking with neighbors or friends in need, and enjoyed canning food from the garden that was tended by her husband and children.

Friends and family will remember her uncanny abilities to always be able to find a four-leaf clover and how she could remember any telephone number, even if she had only dialed it once.

She was predeceased by her husband Elmer, seven brothers, and two sisters, all of South Portland.

Surviving are two sons, Stephen F. and Scott S. Kittredge of South Portland, and four daughters, Joan R. Fine of Sandwich, Mass., Patricia K. Powers and her husband Roland of Cumberland, Mary K. Jack and her husband Kenneth of Limington and Claire K. Greer and her husband Carl of Floral City, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Thursday at Hobb’s Funeral Home in South Portland.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to The Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME 04101 or to the charity of one’s choice.