Rita C. Ketchum-Chubbuck, 92, of Montsweag Valley Road, Wiscasset, died Sunday, December 26, 2021 at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus in Damariscotta.
She was born in Bath on January 21, 1929, daughter of Lorenzo and Dora L. (Ouellette) Collins. She graduated from Morse High School in the class of 1946 and went on to receive an associate’s 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 then became treasurer of St. Mary’s Credit Union and was instrumental in its growth and evolution into the Bath Area Credit Union. She later served as an office manager for a medical practice, was self-employed as a tax preparer, 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 Boy Scout leader as her children were growing up. In 1967, she led a group of scouts at 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 a friend of the family for many years.
Rita was an avid reader. She was still working on several craft projects at the same time. She loved to knit, sew, paint, travel and most of all spend time with her friends and family. She and Tink have traveled extensively in the United States and abroad in their RV and on cruises.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Chubbuck, of Wiscasset; three daughters, Colleen White and her husband, Tom, of Portland, Maureen L. Ketchum of Methuen, Mass., and Kathleen Steele and her husband, Robert Sr., of Broadway, NC; one son, Matthew Ketchum and his wife, Aida, of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Kendra Chubbuck and her husband, John DeWitt, from Isle Au Haut; two step-sons, Tim Chubbuck and his wife, Patricia, of Woolwich, and Fred Chubbuck of Woolwich; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She is predeceased by a stepson, Kenneth “Todd” Chubbuck.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Commemorative contributions can be made in his memory at the Wiscasset Public Library.
Condolences can be made online at daiglefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are made by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St, Bath.