Ruth Davison – Lincoln County News
Ruth Davison, of Southport, and Hollywood, Florida, has died after a short battle with cancer. She was 83 years old.
Daughter of David and Ann Hilton, Ruth was born in Waterville and attended Waterville High School and Colburn Classical Institute, from which she graduated in 1956. She then attended Farmington State College, where she graduated in 1968 with a BS in Education and obtained his MS in Education with a concentration in Reading from the University of Maine in 1982.
A lifelong summer resident of Southport, Ruth met her first husband, Howard Davison, while working in Boothbay Harbor, and they were married on September 13, 1958. Over the summers, Ruth helped Howie manage the Merry Barn, taking tickets, selling concessions and dancing. After the birth of her first two children, Ruth completed her education and taught in Woolwich, Dresden and Whitefield. In 1979, she began a new adventure as a reading coordinator at the Boothbay area elementary school, where she spent the rest of her career helping students develop their literacy skills. She retired in 2006.
A renowned educator, Ruth’s influence was not limited to the students of Boothbay. She has been an active member of several professional organizations, most notably as president of the Maine’s Reading Association and won the 1994 International Reading Association’s Literacy Award. A leading teacher, Ruth has worked with the Maine Department of Education on standardization initiatives over the years and, after Howie’s death and retirement from the class, worked directly for the state’s Reading First program. , visiting schools as far as Van Buren. She enjoyed the job despite the long hours of lonely driving.
In 2008, Ruth reconnected with her high school sweetheart Richard Lally, and another adventure began as she embraced complete retirement, winters in Hollywood, Florida, and summers in the cottage on Southport Island. . Ruth and Richard married on June 26, 2010 and spent 11 years for each other.
Ruth loved to travel. She has visited various places in the United States in her roles as an educator, including New Orleans, Anaheim, and Dallas. Her stays have taken her to England, Italy, Ireland, the Bahamas and, more recently, to St. John’s in the Virgin Islands. She led an active lifestyle, hiking the Southport trails, attending yoga and aqua aerobics, and gardening. Ruth has been an active member of the Edgecomb Congregational Church for over 50 years, as a Sunday School superintendent, deacon, and clerk.
An active woman who knew how to make things happen, Ruth devoted her time and energy to helping wherever she could. Most important to her was family and the continued connection fostered by the gathering in Southport.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Richard Lally; his children, Howard “Chip” Davison and his wife Diane, Beth Weller and her partner Robert, and Heather Webster and her husband Phil; his step-sons, Sean Lally and his wife Pam, Richard Lally Jr. and Kevin Lally; her sisters, Martha Houghton, Sally Eastwood and Jane Mulholland and their families; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of the life of Ruth will be held at the Boothbay Area YMCA Country House at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Ruth can be sent to The Edgecomb Congregational Church, PO Box 113, Edgecomb, ME 04556 or The Southport Fire Department, c / o Southport Town Office, PO Box 149, Southport, ME 04576 .