Ruth Elizabeth Sharp
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Ruth Elizabeth Sharp
  • December 12, 1916 - February 24, 2017
  • North Yarmouth, Arizona

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North Yarmouth, Maine - Ruth "Pat" Clarke Sharp
Ruth "Pat" Clarke Sharp passed away February 24, 2017 in Arizona, while visiting her son Jonathan and his wife Belinda. Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband, C.C. (Budd) Sharp and a daughter, Priscilla Ann Sharp. Born December 12, 1916 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Ruth was the youngest of five children born to Mathew and Martha (Drew) Clarke. She attended Fairfield, Connecticut Public Schools, graduating from Roger Ludlow High School. She attended the nurses training program at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She married Budd Sharp on March 4, 1939 and in 1944 they moved from greater Philadelphia to Yarmouth, Maine where they raised three sons. Ruth's death was thirty-three years to the day of Budd's passing on February 24, 1984.
Ruth was a past President of the AFS (American Field Service) organization in Yarmouth and a past President of the Fortnightly Club in Yarmouth, as well as over fifty years as a member. Ruth moved to North Yarmouth within a few years of her husband's death in 1984.
True to her Irish heritage, of which she was particularly proud, Ruth was a convivial person, surrounding herself with family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed life, was blessed with a great sense of humor and a willingness to engage in a new adventure. She enjoyed every opportunity to be with her family. She also enjoyed traveling, entertaining, cooking, going out to eat, and visiting craft fairs during the Christmas season. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed visits each spring to nurseries and showing her bountiful flower gardens to friends and family.
Ruth is survived by her three sons, Ted and wife Sharon of Cumberland Foreside, Mathew and wife Nancy of Mount Vernon, and Jonathan and wife Belinda of Mesa, Arizona; eleven grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren.
Honoring Ruth's request there will be no funeral service. Subsequent to a private interment in April at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth, there will be a celebration of her life, details to be forthcoming. The family is forever grateful for the loving care extended to Ruth during her time at the Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of the Valley, Dobson Home, 1188 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, Arizona 85224.