Rita C. Ketchum-Chubbuck, 92, of Montsweag Valley Road, Wiscasset, died at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta on December 26, 2021.
She was born on January 21, 1929 in Bath to Lorenzo and Dora L. (Ouellette) Collins. She graduated from Morse High School in the 1946 class and later received an associate degree from Gorham State Teachers College. In 1949 she married William H. Ketchum Jr.
One of Rita’s first jobs was as an accountant at Sears, Roebuck and Company in Bath. She became Treasurer of St. Mary’s Credit Union and was instrumental in its growth and development into the Bath Area Credit Union. She later worked as an office manager in a medical practice, was a self-employed tax advisor, and owned and operated Berrys Mill Yarns in West Bath.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and Club 42 in Bath. She was also a very active leader of the Girl Scouts while their children were growing up. In 1967 she led a group of Boy Scouts to Expo ’67 in Montreal, Quebec.
Rita’s first husband, William H. Ketchum Jr., died in June 1994. On December 29, 2000, she married Kenneth (“Tink”) Chubbuck, who had been friends with the family for many years.
Rita was an avid reader. She always worked on several craft projects at the same time. She loved to knit, sew, paint, travel, and most importantly, hang out with friends and family. She and Tink traveled extensively in the United States and internationally in their RV and cruises.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Chubbuck of Wiscasset; three daughters, Colleen White and her husband Tom from Portland, Maureen L. Ketchum from Methuen, Massachusetts. and Kathleen Steele and her husband Robert Sr. of Broadway, North Carolina .; one son, Matthew Ketchum and wife Aida of Fort Worth, Texas .; a stepdaughter, Kendra Chubbuck and her husband John DeWitt of Isle Au Haut; two stepsons, Tim Chubbuck and his wife Patricia of Woolwich and Fred Chubbuck of Woolwich; seven grandchildren, seven stepchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was previously deceased by a stepson, Kenneth “Todd” Chubbuck.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Commemorative contributions can be made to the Wiscasset Public Library in their memory. Expressions of condolences can be made online at www.Daiglefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are from Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St, Bath.