ELLSWORTH and SWANS ISLAND — Beulah G. Ranquist, 89, formerly of Swans Island, died Jan. 6, 2016, at an Ellsworth health care facility, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 12, 1926, on Swans Island, the daughter of Ernest R. and Nora E. (Billings) Withee.
Beulah grew up on Swans Island. When she was a teenager, she traveled to Ohio to work as a caregiver for a time. When she returned to the island, she married her one true love, Ricker Ranquist, on Aug. 7, 1942. They moved to Portland when he enlisted in the Navy and she worked at the B&M Bean factory while he served our country during WWII.
After Ricker’s discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Swans Island, where they raised their family. While raising seven children, she worked in the store she and Ricker owned and she also worked with him on his lobster boat.
She was a member of the Advent Christian Church, where she was a deaconess and Sunday school teacher, a member of the WH&FMS, and the Rebekahs. Beulah was an avid reader, loved walking in the woods, picnics and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook and was well known for it. After retirement, she and Ricker enjoyed traveling. Beulah had a gentle and kind loving spirit. As one friend said “she was a woman of infinite patience.”
She is survived by her children; Leah and husband, Ronnie Henderson of Scarborough; Linda and husband, Bill Reinhardt of Hancock; Donna Donley of Scarborough; Jean Ranquist of Swans Island; Norene Bishop of St. George; Les and wife, Rhonda Ranquist and Tim Ranquist, all of Swans Island, sister-in-law, Marilyn Withee; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Each and every one of her grandchildren held a special place in her heart.
Beulah was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Ricker, sons-in-law, William Donley and Skip Thomas; granddaughter, Patricia Henderson; siblings, Ernestine, Shirley and twins, Leland and Leila.
Friends are invited to call, 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at the Advent Christian Church on Swans Island, where funeral services will be held at noon with the Rev. J. Max Creswell officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Atlantic Baptist Church annex.
Contributions, if desired, may be made to the Swans Island Ambulance, P.O. Box 7, Swans Island, ME 04685.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount. Desert.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.