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Ruth E. Nies

Obituary
July 1, 1934 - October 7, 2017
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Brunswick- Ruth Elaine Nies of Brunswick died Saturday, October 7th at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a sudden illness. She was born on July 1 1934 in Gloversville, NY, the daughter of Ralph and Mary Midgley Davis in Swampscott, MA.

Ruth graduated from Swampscott High School, where she excelled academically and in field hockey and basketball then attended Colby Sawyer College.

On September 4, 1954, she married Loring Francis Nies in Swampscott, MA. Prior to having her four children she worked for General Electric in Boston and Chrysler in Detroit.

Ruth was devoted to her children and encouraged their many extra activities in athletics, church, art and service. She was proud of her years of academic administration at Roper City and Country School, Bloomfield Hills, MI, at which each of her children spent two or more years as students.

Ruth was a talented artist and sculptor. She and Loring completed birding expeditions in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and Australia.  For a time they resided in Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.

Ruth lived a memorable life that began as a child with the rationing era during WWII and evolved to traveling the world while meeting celebrities, royalty, entrepreneurs and artists. At the time of her passing she was writing a book about the many interesting experiences of her life.

Ruth was dedicated to the Daughters of the American Revolution and once served as her chapter reagent.

Ruth is survived by four children Loring Nies and his wife Leila Nyberg of West Lafayette, Indiana, Donald Nies and his wife Teri of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Nies and her husband Jerald Singer of Oakton, Virginia.  Ruth lived her final years with her daughter Elizabeth Nies and granddaughter Katie Nies of Brunswick, Maine.  In addition, her family includes her younger brother Robert Davis of Grand Isle, Vermont, six more grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 11AM at Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, Maine.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Travis Mills Foundation (travismills.org).