Ruth E. Camber

June 2nd, 2021

Ruth E. (Fairweather) “Ruthie” Camber, of Wilmington, age 79, passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family on May 28, 2021. She was born in Boston on Aug 28, 1941, loving daughter to the late William H. Fairweather of Canada and Dorothy S. (McAllister) Fairweather of Maine and raised in Quincy with her two cherished sisters Barbara Fairweather and Marilyn Redmond of Florida. She was the devoted wife of the late G. Earle Camber and doting mother to William B. Harmen and Daniel J. Harmen.

Ruth graduated Quincy high school in 1960, the Lemuel Shattuck School of Nursing, and North Essex Community College for her RN. She had a long and distinguished career in nursing, working in Emergency Rooms, Intensive Care Units, and was director of the Endoscopy clinic at New England Memorial. Most recently she worked in the Pain Center and the Endo clinic at Winchester hospital, retiring at the age of 78 after treating many people and saving countless lives.

Ruth had a passion for life that was only matched by her generosity and caring for others. She was a wonderful artist and won ribbons at art exhibits and sold many paintings of her work, specializing in seascapes and mountain scenes. Ruth was also an active member of the Wilmington Arts Council, the Garden Club, the Reading Art Council and others. She was a gifted gardener and designed the appearance of the house she lived in. She gave to many charities, was a wonderful cook and enjoyed camping with her husband and friends. She loved the wind in her hair and drove hot rods, convertibles, motorcycles, and sailed while listening to classical music. Ruth was a world traveler, with trips to the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, the Grand Canyon, and Aruba. Her kind spirit and healing hands changed many lives and will be remembered and missed by many.

Ruth is also survived by her stepson Robert Riley and wife Pat, her stepdaughter Valerie Borgal and husband Tom, stepson Bruce Camber and wife Hattie Bryant, her nephew Randy, and many grandsons and granddaughters.

There will be a Memorial Service at Grace Chapel, 128 West St., Wilmington, MA at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 12th, followed by a Celebration of Life at her house.

Donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Ruth E. Camber”

  1. Carol & Jerry Skilling says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your loving mother. She was a wonderful person and I loved working with her. She’s home with God now and out of pain and suffering. She’s probably running up there right now. God bless you Bill and Dan. She was lucky to have you. God bless you always.
    Love, Carol and Jerry

  2. Marilyn Redmond says:

    My sister…I will forever miss you. I will miss talking and laughing with you, and the special bond we had. So glad God put you in our lives. You were a blessing to our family, friends, and all the people you cared for in your career of nursing. You were an Angel among us!
    Til’ we all meet again….
    ………..Marilyn and Randy

  3. Terry Ciulla says:

    To my forever friend… I feel so lucky to have had you in my life and beside me in our nursing paths. Ruthie our modern day Florence Nightingale. You will be sorely missed by all.
    Godspeed & rest easy my friend

  4. Holly Anderson Popeo says:

    So sorry for your loss. Ruth was a wonderful painter and I am so glad that I was able to get to know her from our Friday morning painting group.

  5. Diane Streeter says:

    Ruthie was an angel on earth! I worked with her at New England Memorial and at Winchester Pain and Endo. She was one of the most wonderful persons I have ever met! She has a high place in heaven. Rest In Peace my dear friend.????

  6. Holly Anderson Popeo says:

    Ruth was a wonderful artist. I am so glad that I was able to get to know her through our Friday morning art classes. So sorry for your loss. She was a kind, sweet woman.

  7. Ellen (Coakley)Szetela says:

    Ruthie we go way back to our LPN days at Choate. You were my mentor in many ways. I remember I said “ I have never done that”. You said to me “ well you are going to”. You taught me and gave me the confidence. Latter when Choate closed our paths crossed again Winchester Emergency Room. Latter Wilmington Walk—In-Urgent Care. We were a tag team on our weekends. Rest my friend your suffering is over. You are now with your beloved Earl. Will never forget you. Love Ellen
    PS my son always love and talked about you. He still talks about your handless piano.

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