MILLER: Ruth Dexter, 67, Cemetery Street, Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the Littleton Regional Hospital hospice room surrounded by her family.

She was born in Littleton, Sept. 1, 1934, the daughter of Stuart and Madelene (Farr) Dexter. She graduated at the top of her class in 1952 and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her peers. She then attended Plymouth Teaching College. She made her life as a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband & #039;s business. Ruth dedicated her life to her family and the communities of Littleton and Bethlehem. Her house was always open to her children & #039;s friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a cookie, brownie or whoopee pie.

She helped form the Cooperative Church School in Littleton, was a den mother for Cub Scout Troop 209, a member of the Emma Merrill Guild, and taught Sunday school. In 1977 the family moved to Bethlehem and she began giving of herself in the Bethlehem Elementary School, Profile High, Bethlehem Library, town offices, Durrell Methodist Church, Heritage Society, Bethlehem Redevelopment Association, Chamber of Commerce, Open for the Season, Bicentennial, Child and Family Services, Bethlehem Alumni and many more organizations. She was also the Bethlehem news correspondent for the Courier.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Theron W. "Bud" Miller Sr.; four sons, Theron W. Miller Jr. and his wife Karen of Seaconk, Mass., Warren Miller and his wife Jill of Bethlehem, David Miller and his wife Tina of Littleton, John Miller of Bethlehem; five grandchildren, Kimberly, Jill, Heather, Michael and Matthew; two sisters, Mary Louise Grandmaison and husband Paul of Suncook, Gwendolyn Cantara and husband Robert of Alexandria; and several nieces, nephews, and her "adopted children."

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Ross Funeral Home, Littleton Chapel, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, 10 a.m., at the Durrell Methodist Church, Bethlehem, with the Rev. Arthur Savage officiating. Interment will be held in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made in Ruth & #039;s memory to Littleton Area Hospice, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton, NH 03561 or North Country Home Health, 536 Cottage St., Littleton, NH 03561.

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