Ruth Stevens Gardner Haley, 90, born Nov. 28, 1920, in Westfield, Mass., the daughter of the late Florence (Loomis) and Harold Stevens, died Jan. 5, 2011, at a Belfast hospital.

She graduated from Westfield High School in 1938 and from Bates College in 1945. She worked as a social worker at Letchworth Village in Theills, N.Y.; and at Roxbury Neighborhood House in Roxbury, Mass., prior to her marriage to Robert Gardner in 1945. They made their home and raised their family in Rowley, Mass.

Ruth continued on as a social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare for several years and served for 15 years as an elementary school librarian in Rowley, up until her retirement in 1984.

Following her retirement she moved to a retirement community in Waverly, Ohio, and purchased a summer home in Franklin, Maine.

In 1986 she married Robert Haley, formerly of Pittsburg, Penn. For several years they enjoyed traveling, attending Elderhostel programs, and especially looked forward each season to time spent at their summer home on Taunton Bay in their beloved Maine.

Robert predeceased Ruth in 1998; it was then that she decided to make Penobscot Shores in Belfast her permanent home to be near her daughters.

She enjoyed crafts, her doll collection, being outside in her gardens and volunteering at Waldo County General Hospital.

She is survived by her two daughters, Judith Moore of Searsport, and Louise Gardner of Stockton Springs; grandson Jonathan Moore, of whom she was very proud; sister Dorothy Wells of Goshen, N.Y.; two nieces, Ruth Wells of New York and Elizabeth Wells of Seattle, Wash.

Funeral services will be Monday, Jan.10, at 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport, with Rev. Dr. Arlin T. Larson officiating.

She would be pleased if, in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the animal shelter of choice, or to Waldo County General Hospital Aid, P.O. Box 287, Belfast ME., 04915.