Ruth Augusta Millett Maker

Ruth Augusta Millett Maker died at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vermont, on October 23, 2012. She was 97 years old. Born in Springfield, Vermont in 1915, she was the daughter of Robert Noyes Millett and Ella Mae Fletcher Millett.

In 1932 she graduated from Springfield High School, where her father was principal. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College in 1936. After a brief career as a hospital lab technician she married Paul Maker in Springfield in 1941, where their three sons were born and where the Maker family lived with her parents for many years.

The Maker/Millett family moved to Birmingham, Michigan in 1956. Ruth and Paul subsequently lived in Marion, Massachusetts; Euclid, Ohio; Storrs, Connecticut; and Montpelier, Vermont. Ruth served on the school board in Springfield and was very active in the Springfield Methodist Church, as well as the Methodist churches in Birmingham, Marion, and Euclid. She was an active member of Storrs Congregational Church. At the end of her life she, with Paul, lived at Heaton Woods and attended Bethany Church in Montpelier. Her beloved husband Paul died in 2007.

She is survived by her three sons: David and his wife Emily Maker of New London, Connecticut; Tim and his wife Becky Maker of Calais, Vermont; and Robert Maker of New Bedford, Massachusetts; by her grandchildren Laura Maker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Neal Maker of Worcester, Vermont; and by two great granddaughters, Clara and Eva Ruth Maker. All who knew Ruth will fondly remember her love of music and her cheerful nature.

Family services will be held in Connecticut.

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