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Ruth "Dr. Ruth Endicott, MD." Freeman

Saturday, August 26th, 1916 - Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Obituary

Ogunquit ~ Ruth Edith Endicott Freeman, 103, professionally known as Dr. Ruth Endicott, MD & longtime physician in Ogunquit, died Sunday, December 1, 2019 at her Grasshopper Lane home, following a period of failing health, with her daughter by her side.

Mrs. Freeman was born August 26, 1916 in Ft. Duchesne, UT, the eldest child of William Evert & Rosa (Rhoda) May Wright Endicott. Moving to Belgrade, ME with her family at the age of two, she grew up at the beloved family farm, graduating from Belgrade High School, class of '33. After working in Waterville at department stores & in secretary positions, she left home in the early 1940's to work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, also taking a position as a nanny for the family she boarded with in Portsmouth.

Achieving her pilot’s license, her flights were shut down by the onset of World War II. Enlisting in the Woman’s Army Corps she was stationed in England & Paris, where she was a court stenographer.

Upon her return to the US after the war, she graduated from Colby College in 1949, attending Temple University, & Philadelphia Women’s Medical College where in 1953, she earned her Medical Degree. She then did her residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland where she met Miles Freeman, a lab technician at the hospital. They married in 1956, settling in Ogunquit, & raised two daughters. Dr. Endicott served her community from 1955 to 2005 as a family physician from her home office & at York Hospital.

She enjoyed playing the violin, was an avid photographer, loved poetry & letter writing, & making sure the cookie jar was filled with homemade treats for her grandchildren. Reading her bible was a daily devotion; living out the gospel was her life’s work. She was known for her kindness, patience, & care for the whole person, spending time to get to know each one.

Mrs. Freeman was predeceased by her husband, Miles Freeman, daughter Nella Hudon, son- in-law Dennis Hudon, brother Ralph Endicott & sister Mabel Endicott.

She is survived by her daughter Lynne Freeman of Wells, grandchildren Christopher Freeman & wife Delysa of San Antonio, TX, granddaughter Emily Pence of Port Orchard, WA, Thomas Sauer of Wells & great grandchildren Landon, Allyson, Adrian & Lilliana Freeman, Everett & Nella Pence & several nephews, nieces & cousins.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, with Reverend Jeff Patnaude officiating. Reception immediately following downstairs.

Spring interment will be in Belgrade.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue Little Rock, AR 72202 https://www.heifer.org/give/one-time.html

Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Ogunquit Baptist Church
    157 Shore Drive
    OGUNQUIT, ME
    Sunday, December 15th, 2019
    1:00pm
    Officiant
    Rev. Jeffrey R. Patnaude

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Sue Norton

Dear Lynne and family,
I have fond memories of your mom. I worked for Mrs. Bassett and saw your mom often. I picked blueberries with your mom and Nella. Your mom was always kind and gentle! What a wonderful life she had a what a wonderful legacy she left!
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Joy Asuncion

Rest in Peace Dr. Ruth Endicott Freeman. Thank you for your Military Service in the U.S. Army during World War II. You were a trailblazer for generations of other women to serve. It was an honor visit with you this past summer at your home in Ogunquit. I really enjoyed hearing your sing "God Bless America"
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Robert Boothby

May your faith in him bring you comfort and peace during this sorrowful time.
Love Bob Boothby
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