Sipayik – Roberta Ann “Ruby” Ricther, 75, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Ruby was born in Calais on September 21, 1941, daughter of James “Jim Dee” and Frances (Sockabasin) Mitchell.
After graduating from Portland High School, Ruby attended business college in Portland where she earned a degree in Business and Accounting. She married Karl Richter and together they moved to Chicago where they lived for three years until returning to Sipayik. Ruby worked for the Pleasant Point Tribal Government, retiring with over 30 years of service. She was a volunteer with the Crisis Help Line for the Tribal Domestic Violence Program, which she was recently honored for her work. Ruby was a Communicant of St. Ann R.C. Church in Pleasant Point. She also loved playing Bingo and was an avid dancer, especially Traditional Dancing.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three uncles, Timothy “Timmy Tom” Newell Sr., and Harold and Richard Sockabasin. Surviving are her three children, Mark Richter of Indian Township, Margo Downing and husband Paul of Indian Township, and Rolfe Richter and wife Trudy of Sipayik; five grandchildren, Mandy Richter of Princeton, Nicholas Bear and companion Bre of Indian Island, Keith Downing and companion Amanda of Indian Township, Jessica Denbow and husband Dustin of Calais, and William “BJ” Pulk Jr. of Sipayik; fourteen great-grandchildren, Summer, Dallas, Carmella, Asia, Layla, Wolatqin, Landon, Merrillyn, Cassidy, Alyssa, Dustin Jr., Morgan, Christopher, Willow, and was looking forward to two on the way; two sisters, Linda Dana and husband Edwin of Sipayik, and Nisha Barker of Indian Township; a brother Clayton Cleaves and wife Judy of Sipayik; two aunts, Doris Chapman of Indian Township, and Genevieve Neptune of Sipayik; special nieces and nephews, Frankie, Lisa, Paula, Holly, Tammy, John, Jevon, Doris and Dennis; close companion, Tony Nicholas of Sipayik; special friends, Clara Polches of NB, Cindy Lola of Sipayik, and Thelma and Tom Bassett of Sipayik; numerous other relatives and special friends; and was blessed to have several God Children.
Visiting hours will begin 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at her home, 28 Passamaquoddy Rd., Pleasant Point, until 10 a.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Kevin J. Martin 11 a.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Eastport. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Point Tribal Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.