LINCOLN – Ruth L. McLaughlin, 79, wife of James McLaughlin Sr., died Aug. 21, 2005, at a Lincoln hospital, after a brief illness. She was born, Aug. 11, 1926, in Norwood, Mass., the daughter of Salvatore and Ruth (Broad) Nicolai. Ruth grew up on her aunts farm in Danforth after the deaths of both parents in her childhood. At an early age, she was no stranger to hard work, milking cows before school. After graduating from Danforth High School, she worked at the Bath Shipyard as a welder during World War II. After her marriage, she devoted her life to her husband and family. Her door was always open to the friends of her 10 children and she was affectionately called “Mother Hubbard”. Her talents were many, especially sewing, cooking and painting. She worked outside the home at Penobscot Valley Hospital and Sproul & Vose Jewelers. Ruth was grounded in faith and her love of God was her guiding light throughout her life. As a communicant of St. Mary-of-Lourdes Catholic Church in Lincoln, she also served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Cursillo Movement. She was a past member of St. Mary’s Parish Council and the Peace & Justice Committee. In addition to her husband of 59 years, James, she is survived by five daughters, Evelyn Leonard of Enfield, Cynthia Sereyko and David of Bangor, Carol Raye and Gary, Lisa Goodwin, and Brian and Angela Stanley and Rusty, all of Lincoln; five sons, James McLaughlin II and Andrea of Hampton, N.H., Frank McLau-ghlin and Patimah of Oswego, N.Y., William McLaughlin and Stephanie of Portland, Thomas McLaughlin and Wanda, and Andrew McLaughlin and Kimberly, all of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren, Theresa, Catherine, Peter, James III, Amanda, Joshua, Jacob, Sarah, William, Jessica, Timothy, Keenan, Ellery, Conor, Jonathan, Allison, Brady, Brendan and Lucas; two great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Nicole; a sister, Silvia Saunders and Al of Portland; a brother, Philip Nicolai and Gloria of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Peggy McLaug-hlin of Danforth and Joyce McLaughlin of Orono; a brother-in-law, Douglas Barry of Winnipeg, Manitoba; special nieces and nephews and a former daughter-in-law, Maureen Wotton. Ruth was very close to her niece, Linda Mitchell and family of Old Town. She also leaves her very dear friends, Rena and Vaughn Glidden, Doris Carney, Jessie Barker and many sisters in Christ. She was predeceased by her sisters, Rosella Waye and Marilyn Barry and the aunt who raised her, Erma Tidd. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass to celebrate her life will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 24, 2005, at St. Mary-of-Lourdes Catholic Church, with the Rev. Leroy Landry presiding. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in her memory to Catholic Charities of Maine. Donations may be left at the funeral home. For an online register book, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com