Merritt, Ruth

August 12, 2004

RUTH MERRITT died August 7, 2004 in Baltimore of complications from Alzheimers. Born Ruth Abbot Bowditch in 1915, the younger daughter of Horace Bowditch and Lucy (Eveleth) Bowditch, she grew up in Augusta, Maine. She received her B.S. degree from Bates College in 1938, and a Masters of Social Work degree from Simmons College in 1940. She married Groverman Blake Payne in 1946, and lived in Greenfield, Mass., until his death in 1963. She married Capt. Robert E. Merritt in 1980. He died in 2003. She leaves her children from her marriage to Groverman Payne: Carolyn Payne Tighe, Douglass Blake Payne, Jonathan Bowditch Payne, Lucinda Payne Pollack. She also leaves Robert's children from his previous marriage: Robert G. Merritt, Carol S. Mc Caffrey, Keith F. Merritt, and Pamela S. Nestor. Remembrances may be sent to: Carolyn Payne Tighe, 624 Worcester Road, Towson, MD 21286. A Memorial Service is planned for September in Maine.

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