Ruth Northridge Messer

New London, N.H. — Ruth Northridge Messer, 87, previously of Birchwood Road in Claremont and on Little Lake Sunapee in New London, died on Sept. 3, 2013, at Sentry Hill in York Harbor, Maine.

She was born in Worcester, Mass. on June 20, 1926, the daughter of William T. and Mary (Davis) Northridge.

Ruth had graduated from Colby Junior College in New London in 1946 and Boston University in Boston, Mass. in 1948.

She had worked for Sinclair Machine Products as a secretary and was a teacher at North Street and Disnard Elementary Schools from 1968-1995.

Ruth was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and was an Altar Guild and Sunday School Teacher, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 50 years, Girl Scout Leader, Retired Teachers Association, Soo-Nippi Quilters and the Claremont Senior Center.

She had traveled to many different places including Hawaii, Europe, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean.

She is the widow of Roy Frank Messer, whom she married on June 25, 1948, and he died on Aug. 6, 2003.

The surviving family includes one son, Craig A. Messer and his wife, Cynthia of Claremont; two daughters, Cynthia Messer Hart and her husband, Michael of Portsmouth, N.H. and Jill Messer Barrett and her husband, Charles of Kittery Point, Maine; seven grandchildren, Thomas Hart of Quincy, Mass., Benjamin Hart of Portsmouth, Scott Messer and his fiancé, Suzette Stevens of Claremont, Eric Messer and his wife, Ann of E. Falmouth, Mass., Joseph Messer of Claremont and Cameron and Hailey Barrett both of Kittery Point, Maine; one sister-in-law, Doris Messer Cutter of New London; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ruth was predeceased by one brother, Bernard Northridge; one sister, Jeannette Northridge Tucker and Nina Ballard Northridge who raised her after her mother had passed away shortly after her birth.

Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont on Friday, Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Broad Street in Claremont on Sept. 7, 2013, at 11 a.m.

Interment will be on Saturday afternoon, at 3 p.m. in the Old Main Street Cemetery in New London.

To continue Ruth’s advocacy for children in lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 172, Claremont, NH 03743, to help them with the feeding of hungry children in Claremont or to the Little Sunapee Protective Association, PO Box 1653, New London, NH 03257.

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