Ruth ‘Ruthi’ J. Henderson (1937-2018)

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Ruth ‘Ruthi’ J. Henderson, 80, of Scarborough, went peacefully home to be with her Lord and loved ones on May 26, 2018, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with her family by her side as a result of complications from COPD.
She was born in Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada, on July 6, 1937, the daughter of Russell and Vera Morgan Kinney. She married Paul M. McNinch of Bridgewater in November of 1955, and they had two daughters. He passed away unexpectedly in 1965.
In 1967 she married David L. Henderson and they had one son. They moved to Easton in 1972 and divorced in 1994, where she lived until she moved south to Scarborough in 2012.
Ruthi worked for farmers picking potatoes, and her kids remember her picking over 100 barrels a day. She also worked for Vahlsing, Inc., which later became McCain Foods for over 30 years. She would retire from McCain in 2000.
In February of 2018, Ruthi took a big step after 52 years to successfully stop smoking. She had Goliath strength in a Thumbelina body, and she never complained about anything even with all the pain she endured in her last days.
She was predeceased by her 5 year old sister, Joyce, in 1941, her father in 1983, her grandson, Evan, in 2006, her mother in 2010, and her brother, Bob, in 2015.
She is survived by her children, Janice McNinch, and Paulette and her husband, Steve Thibodeau, all of Scarborough, Rick and his wife, Christina Henderson, of Easton, and her fur baby catm Russell Albert; grandchildren, Owen and Connor of Easton, sister, Sonja and her husband, Glendon Hillman, of Woodstock, N.B., Canada, brother, Glazier and his wife, Dianne Kenney, of Carlow, N.B., Canada, her special sister-in-law, Maxine McNinch Delong, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, cousins, devoted friends, and the father of her son, David L. Henderson of Mars Hill.
The family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Randy, and the social worker Beth at Maine Medical Center Emergency Department for their tireless efforts. The family would also like to thank the Gosnell Hospice House medical professionals for the quiet and respectful kindness for their care of our beloved mother. A little bling, pastel light strings, and Megan Trainor songs sealed the bond of their mutual admiration.
Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. where a Memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne Hopkins officiating. Committal service will follow at the Smith Cemetery, Bridgewater, ME. Local arrangements in Portland are by Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home. If so desired, contributions may be made in her memory to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074. To send a tribute in Ruthi’s memory please visit

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