Ruth M. Karpen
RUMFORD -– Ruth M. Karpen, 85, peacefully entered into eternal rest on April 17, 2011 at her residence with family members by her side.
Ruth was born in Rumford on May 10, 1925, the daughter of Cecil and Christie (Stevens) Mahoney. She graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford.
She married Anthony Karpen, Jr. on April 2, 1946 and was married for 59 years until the time of his death in 2005.
She was a member of the Rumford United Methodist Church. Ruth had several hobbies, including knitting, crocheting, reading, crosswords and playing cards with her sisters and friends. She was a regular attendee at beano for many years and looked forward to that time each week.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband in the earlier years and going out for a Sunday drive and dinner. Ruth looked forward to spending time with her family during the visits throughout each year.
Survivors include daughters, Brenda Franklin and husband, Michael of Hopewell, VA, and Carla Karpen of Atoka, TN; sisters, Beverly Jasud and husband, Donald of Mexico, and Evelyn Gaul of Rumford; grandchildren, Heidi Patterson and husband, Brian of Chesterfield, VA, and Craig Radcliff and Julie of Hopewell, VA; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Matthew, Alivia Patterson and Bryce Radcliff.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents; husband, Anthony; a sister, Dorothy Dorr; and brothers, Cecil and Thomas Mahoney.
The family is appreciative to those that provided assistance to Ruth during the later years. A special thanks to Janice, Jean, Kim, Fran, Cheryl, Donna, Wendy, Robert, Androscoggin Home Health Care and the Hospice care givers.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, with Pastor Carol Stevens officiating. Interment will be in the Demerritt Cemetery, West Peru. Calling hours after 10 a.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral services. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Androscoggin Home Care Legacy Fund.