BAR HARBOR – Ruth Erma Soper died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center. She was just shy of being 97 years old, having been born July 5, 1915, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Clyde W. and Harriet (Messer) Mosley.

Ruth was an artist throughout her life. Her art guided her in illustrations for the Bar Harbor High School yearbook, at Malvern Greenhouses as a floral designer, at Jackson Laboratory as a graphic artist and as a freelance painter with pictures displayed at the Farnsworth Museum, and often for sale in the clothes line art show on the village green. Especially for her friends and family, she was a carver of birds, and a painter of landscapes, flowers and seascapes for the love of it. She passed the love of art to her descendants. Ruth was a longtime member of St. Saviors Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor. She was a member of and illustrator for Bar Harbor Garden Club and had painted murals on the walls of Maine Seacoast Mission and Acadian Bake Shop. Her close friends received and saved her hand painted Christmas cards. Her legacy is widely dispersed.

She is survived by her son, Richard C. Soper and wife, Harlene, of Surry and Victor of New York; grandsons, Roger B. Soper of Victor, N.Y, and Brian W. Soper and wife, Kathleen, of Blue Hill; great-grandchildren, Richard Cody, Jennifer Danielle and Jordan William Soper; and cousin, Laurie (Messer) Leeds. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Donald R. Soper, who was killed in World War II in a plane crash in Okinawa; and a brother, Gerald “Mose” F. Mosley, in 1994.

A memorial service will be announced this summer. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at