Ruth A. Drew, 91, of Freedom, with great sadness, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth was born in Freedom at the family home Jan. 18, 1927, the daughter of the late Theodore and Elsie (Brown) Knowlton.

Ruth married the love of her life, Norman E. Drew on Nov. 15, 1947. She and Norman raised their family in her hometown of Freedom. Family was her main focus, and she will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She was beloved by many "adopted" family members and was Gram to all who were blessed to be in her life. Ruth was the life of the party, quick-witted and full of energy. She was always up for an adventure, loved to travel and had many memorable trips to Moosehead Lake and Prince Edward Island. She made many memories during her annual women's shopping trips and camping adventures with her daughter Deb. In her younger years, Ruth enjoyed her many weekends snowmobiling on Frye Mountain and staying at the family camp.

Ruth worked for many years at the Monmouth Canning Factory until its closure. She then began her career as a CNA, spending 27 years as a dedicated caretaker at Bradbury Nursing Home and then Harbor Hill Center, both in Belfast. Many past co-workers have fond and comical memories of Ruth during her years in the nursing homes.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Debra Ingraham and her partner Larry Jackson; her grandchildren, Shannon Keithan and her husband Kal and their children Jazlyn Jayde Drew Ingraham, Kamara Renee' Keithan and Landon Misaac Keithan, Daimen Ingraham and fiancé Sarah and their children, Brayden Bartlett and Levi Drew Ingraham, and Kayla Ingraham and fiancé Michael Levenduski and their son, Michael Drew Levenduski; her sister, Mary Curtis and partner Hilding "Seas" Seastro; along with many nieces, nephews and a special family friend of 70 years, Roy Ward.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Norman on March 31, 2004; their son, Theodore G. "Skippy" Drew who lost his life on May 12, 1970, in the Vietnam War; their daughter, Robin R. Drew who passed as an infant; her brother, Theodore L. "Brother" Knowlton and his wife Eula; brother-in-law, Carlton Curtis; her life-long best friend, Marguerite Ward; and her close friends, Bill and Doris Benner.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bayview Manor and Ruth’s special friend, Nancy Rhodes for the wonderful care and compassion she received during her stay.

The family would like those coming to the celebration of life to bring memories and stories of Ruth to share.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Freedom Congregational Church, 55 Pleasant St., Freedom, followed by continued fellowship and refreshments at the Church Reception Hall.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arise Addiction Recovery, P.O. Box 353, Machias, ME 04654.