Ruth Jessie Carter, 86, loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family in Newport, Vermont. Ruth was born on June 13th, 1934 in Irasburg, Vermont to Idelle (Sanville) and Floyd Besaw. On July 31st, 1948 she married the love of her life, Frederick J. Carter.
They had 8 children , 20 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, and 27 great - great grandchildren. Along with raising a large family, Ruth had many accomplishments. One was receiving her GED at the age of 52 while raising a family of 8; which was one of her proudest achievements. Ruth also took care of the family business, Fred Carter Painting. She spent over 20 years working at Hillside Elementary School as a cook and was always happy to see her many grandchildren pass through the lunch line. At the age of 62 when most people are thinking about retirement, Ruth helped her daughter Tina Carter Bliss open Hoagies Pizza & Pasta. She remained there for 10 years; and many of Ruth's recipes are still being served today.
Ruth was an avid reader and enjoyed tending to her flower beds. She and her late husband enjoyed many trips to Florida, Maine, Nashville, and Alaska. She loved animals and was always handing out special treats and calling them her animal grandbabies. Planning family events always excited Ruth and nothing made her happier than bringing her family together.
Ruth was a quiet, gentle woman with a sharp memory. She never forgot a special occasion or birthday for all 100 plus of her family members. She greeted everyone with a warm welcoming smile. She was always patient and never too busy for her family. Her home was always open; helping anyone in need whether cooking a meal or offering a listening ear. She had a tremendous capacity to love and accept others, never judging.
Ruth was the Matriarch of the family, leaving behind a legacy of love and commitment to family, a legacy that will be passed on from generation to generation.
Ruth leaves behind her daughters Sandra (Larry) Columbia, Linda (Yvan) Parenteau, Nancy (Edward) Duncan, Theresa Carter - Coffin, Tina Carter - Bliss and her partner Jeremy Descheneau, sons James (Patty) Carter, Michael Carter and partner Kerry Prue; Bernard Carter and friend Molly Gonzalez.
She also leaves behind her grandchildren Eric, Bradley, Brock and Travis Columbia; Yvan Jr. and Heather Parenteau; Edward Jr, Chris and Kizzy Duncan; Peggy Carter - Peterson and Joshua Carter; John Carter and Jennifer Carter - Stephenson; Heather and Justin Matten; Amber and Arron Coffin; Isaac and Olivia Bliss; and Gina Motto; and their spouses or significant others.
She is survived by her brother Wayne Besaw and Sister Sally (Donald) Kelly, Her sister-in-laws Jeanne Besaw, Rita Carter, Natalie Carter, Iona Carter and Brother-in-law Louis Carter. Also surviving her are many close friends, including Rick and Jean Kelley and Andy Gonzalez.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick J. Carter, her parents Idelle (Sanville) & Floyd Besaw, Mother-in-law and Father-in-law Helen (Gogen) and Victor Carter, Brother Gene Besaw, and Daughter-in-law Wendy Carter.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday June 20th, 2021 at 1:00pm located at 395 Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont. Following the memorial service, a meal will be held at the same location. A graveside placement will occur at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road,
Newport Vermont 05855 and Pope Memorial Frontier Society, 4473 Barton Orleans Rd, Orleans Vermont