Ruth Erma Soper died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center. She was just shy of being 97 years old, having been born July 5th, 1915 in Bar Harbor the daughter of Clyde W. and Harriet (Messer) Mosley.
Ruth was an artist throughout her life. Her art guided her in illustrations for the Bar Harbor High School yearbook, at the Malvern Greenhouses as a floral designer, at the Jackson Laboratory as a graphic artist and as a freelance painter with pictures displayed at the Farnsworth Museum and often for sale in the clothes line art show on the village green. But especially for her friends and family, she was a carver of birds, and a painter of landscapes, flowers and seascapes for the love of it. She passed the love of art to her descendants.
Ruth was a longtime member of St. Saviors Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor. She was a member of and illustrator for the Bar Harbor Garden Club and had painted murals on the walls of the Maine Seacoast Mission and the Acadian Bake Shop. Her close friends received and saved her hand painted Christmas cards. Her legacy is widely dispersed.
She is survived by her son Richard C. Soper and wife Harlene, of Surry and Victor, N.Y.; grandsons, Roger B. Soper, of Victor, N.Y, and Brian W. Soper and wife Kathleen, of Blue Hill ; great-grandchildren, Richard Cody, Jennifer Danielle and Jordon William Soper; cousin, Laurie Messer Leeds.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Donald R. Soper who was killed in WW II in a plane crash in Okinawa; a brother, Gerald “Mose” F. Mosley in 1994.
A memorial service will be announced this summer.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main Street, Mt. Desert
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