Major Ruth J. Brown - age: 86
(February 10, 1927 to January 17, 2014
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The Service of Celebration will be at The Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach
Citadel, 2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-0375 on Monday, January
20, 2014 at 10 a.m. [Phone: (207) 934-4381]. Major Bryan Smith will lead
the Service, with family members taking part. The meditation will be given
by Dr. Steven Dunmire. A Private Family Interment will be held on Tuesday at Laurel Hill
Cemetery, 293 Beach Street, Saco, ME.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in Dana & Ruth Brown’s memory to the Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach Citadel Corps.
Mrs. Major Ruth J. Brown
On January 17, 2014 Ruth Brown joined her husband, Dana, in the presence of the Lord. Ruth Brown was born on February 10, 1927 to George and Margaret (Gardephe) Anscombe in Plattsburgh, NY. She excelled in office skills, bookkeeping, and taught typing at a private school for girls in Wellsley, MA. Ruth met Dana while her parents were appointed to Boston, MA. On September 20, 1946 Dana and Ruth were married and became faithful soldiers of the Boston Palace which later became Boston Central Corps. They had one child Janice Ruth born on October 22, 1948, who was a real joy to her family. In 1956 both felt called to be Salvation Army Officers entering the then School for Officers’ Training in Bronx, NY in September as part of the “Faithful” session of cadets. While they were in training, Janice went to live with her grandparents Brigadier & Mrs. George E. Anscombe who were stationed at the New York (Temple) Corps.
Ruth was a very caring, thoughtful person who put all the needs of others before her own.
Married for 10 years, they then entered the School For Officer Training, NY from the Boston Central Corps on September 12, 1956, being part of "The Faithful Session". From there Ruth with Dana faithfully served in Newport, RI, Brockton, (1959), Worcester Citadel, MA (1960), Divisional Guard and Sunbeam Director to Buffalo, NY, (1966), Canton Citadel, OH, (1967), Lawrence, (1971), Cambridge, (1976), Springfield, MA, (1978), Director of Ladore Lodge, Waymart, PA, (1981), where they both enjoyed the unique responsibilities, experiences and ministry this final appointment brought them. Throughout their Officership, they were wonderful pastors, always there to help when needed; ready with the love and compassion that only comes from the Lord. Their ministry was blessed by the Lord, as they entered a well deserved Honorable Retirement on April 30, 1986.
During retirement, Ruth continued to use her bookkeeping skills as she worked at the Key Bank and later at The Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach Corps as a bookkeeper and case worker. She loved to bowl with Dana and the family. She was a prayer warrior, who loved to encourage people through greeting cards. She diligently cared for Dana as his health began to decline and faithfully visited him every morning during his stay at the Monarch Center over the last four months. Even though her own health was declining over the last year, Dana’s care was of utmost importance to her … even to the last few hours of her own life.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, F. Dana Brown, who passed away January 15, 2014, and her brother George E. Anscombe, Jr. of Florida. She is survived by Majors Robert and Janice (daughter) Joubert, grandchildren Majors Marcus and Joy (granddaughter) Jugenheimer, Dr. Steven and Tammy (granddaughter) Dunmire, Robert (grandson) and Victoria Joubert and her great grandchildren Caitlyn and Chaya Jugenheimer, Hannah, Matthew, John and Joshua Dunmire, and her newest great granddaughter born January 4, 2014 Lael Annaliese Joubert. They were all very precious to her and she always wanted to make sure they knew she loved them and that Jesus does, too.