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Ruth C. Utton.
Ruth C. Utton.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth C. Utton. She died on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at the North Chase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, with family at her side.

She is survived by her sons James E. Utton and wife Toby of Inverness, Florida and Gregory J. Utton and wife Lucille of Wilmington.

One of the greatest treasures of her life was the love she had for her grandchildren; Douglas, Timothy, Laura, Todd, Brian and Sheldon. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was born June 20, 1919 in Montpelier, Vermont, the daughter of Harry and Nana (Lathrop) Carr. She was predeceased by her siblings, Wilfred Carr, Mrs. Harold Hewitt (Irene), Mrs. Roy Harvey (Ruby) and Mrs. Foster Corliss (Barbara).

Ruth was known for her love of family and friends, of bingo and eating out. She was always smiling and made people happy to be around her. Her laugh was infectious.

After graduating from Montpelier High School, she worked for the National Life Insurance Company. She then was a secretary for the Cross Baking Company. She would also waitress, part-time at the Lobster Pot Restaurant. Ruth retired as an executive secretary for the Vermont State Highway Department in Montpelier, Vermont.

She was very involved with the Order of the Eastern Star, Rob Morris Chapter. She joined the chapter in December of 1947. She served as worthy matron in 1976 and as secretary for 14 years from 1977 until 1991.

As requested by Ruth, there will be no visiting hours or service. Internment will take place at the Berlin Corners Cemetery in Berlin, Vermont at a later date. A home family prayer service was conducted by Pastor Timothy Utton on Dec. 26.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of the North Chase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Special thanks to Gerry and Dylan for their caring.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC 28403.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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