Ruth I. Currie, 88

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SOUTH PORTLAND – Ruth I. Currie, 88, of Yarmouth, formerly of South Portland, passed away Oct. 3, at Brentwood Nursing Home in Yarmouth. She was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Stoughton, Massachusetts, a daughter of Eunice and Frank Raychard.

Currie grew up in Hollis and worked her entire life at the Dana Warp Mill, which later became Westbrook Spinning Company in Westbrook.

She married Cecil Currie in 1950 and had two daughters, Gail and Jean.

Currie was an expert in sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery, and her daughters are lucky to have a collection of their mother’s beautiful handmade creations. Currie left her daughters with lasting memories of sharing time together learning crafts.

After her husband’s death in 1996, Currie and her daughters moved to Burwell Avenue in South Portland. Neighbors knew 3 o’clock was the time of day to come for a cup of coffee, a sweet treat and to share some laughter. Currie’s spirit soared; she was happy and content until Alzheimer’s started to take her away.

Currie moved to Brentwood Nursing Home in Yarmouth in 2010, when she began to succumb to Alzheimer’s. She slowly forgot how to knit and crochet, but kept her yarn and basket near for many years.

She still had a wry sense of humor, however, and gave the staff at Brentwood Nursing Home “a run for their money.” She was known as the “Escape Artist” for her many escapes from the locked unit.

Currie is survived by two daughters, Gail Robertshaw and Jean Meyer; two grandchildren, Jason Roberts and Rebecca Meyer; three great-grandchildren, Kendrick, Alex and Naomie; and her adopted daughter, Sharman.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Brentwood for their care.

A memorial service was held Oct. 9, at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.