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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541 / 1-855-826-HALL (4255)
Fax: 207-832-6346
Claire Ralph

Claire Elizabeth Ralph

Tuesday, November 15th, 1927 - Friday, February 22nd, 2019
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Claire E. Ralph, 91, died February 22nd at her home in Waldoboro. She was born November 15, 1927 in Rumford to Joseph Muzroll and Margaret Anderson Muzroll. Claire grew up in Rumford until her family moved to Waldoboro where she graduated from Waldoboro High School in the Class of 1945. She married her high school sweetheart, Ronald E. Ralph in 1946.

She worked in public schools for many decades including the Miller School in Waldoboro, Washington Elementary School, and A.D. Gray in Waldoboro. She was very good with the children. She was very giving, caring, non-judgmental, and positive as she helped them grow as people. She helped raise money for yarns and organized knitters to make mittens and hats for children in need.

She retired to travel with her husband Ronald. Together they travelled the world and forty eight out of the fifty states. She would say that she was “building memories” for a time when they were no longer able to travel. They were also very active in harness racing, traveling all over the East Coast with their race horses, including Indianapolis, a world record setting trotter.

Claire loved to entertain and was a wonderful hostess. She was also a great joke teller and loved a good party. In later years they spent their winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. There, Claire continued an active social life. She loved to give dinner parties and have house guests. On Tuesdays, she and Ronald enjoyed a drink with their friends at their special table at the Bog in Waldoboro.

She was a voracious reader. When her eyesight failed, she enjoyed books on tape which she ordered from the Maine State Library. In spite of her failing eyesight, she was interested in birding and would often ask friends and families about the birds at her bird feeders.

Claire was very community minded. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and an active member of the Waldoboro Garden Club where she was well known as the “The Tree Warden.” Claire would check the newly planted shade trees to ensure that they were thriving. Many of the trees along Waldoboro streets are from that time

She was predeceased by her older brothers, Lawrence and Ormand Muzroll.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Ronald E. Ralph of Waldoboro,
daughter, Rhonda Collamore and her husband Clint of Waldoboro, son, R. Stephen Ralph and his companion Joylie Gushee of Waldoboro, grandchildren, Jennifer Dangar of Atlanta, GA, Derik Reichenbach of Pompano Beach, FL, Audrey Dennis of Suffolk, VA, and Sara Ralph of Yorktown, VA and eight great grandchildren.

She was survived by her bonus daughters, Deidre Blodgett, Betsy Wooster, Laurie Broberg, Bobbi Cohen, and Cindy Vannah.

Friends are welcome to join the family for a time of visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. March 1st at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main Street,Waldoboro. A service to celebrate Claire’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on March 2nd at Hall Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dorr will officiate. Burial will be in the Orff’s Corner Cemetery in the spring. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Claire’s memory to Good Shepherd Food Bank, 3121 Hotel Road, Auburn, ME 04210 or Karls Kids, P.O. Box 363, Waldoboro, ME 04572.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral and Cremation Services, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro, Maine.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 1st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Hall's of Waldoboro
    Address
    949 Main Street
    Waldoboro, ME 04572
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Hall's of Waldoboro
    Address
    949 Main Street
    Waldoboro, ME 04572
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Posted at 01:42pm
On the first anniversary of Claire's passing, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that the memories of the past give you encouragement for the future as you walk each day with your loved one in your heart. It is our privilege and honor to serve your family.

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Deidre Blodgett

Posted at 08:11am
Peace, for my other mother. Love forever.
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Johnna K Scott

Posted at 02:43pm
My thoughts are with the whole family. Such an amazing lady. So glad I brought Mom to visit. Rest in peace sweet lady. We will all see you on the other side!
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Dale Winchenbach Tolman

Posted at 12:42pm
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and to all of her friends that she considered as her family. Claire was such a sweet and gentle lady, welcoming to everyone she met. A woman to be admired, to learn from and to love for who she truly was. She will be missed greatly, but remembered with smiles on our faces. Dale Winchenbach Tolman
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