ELLSWORTH — Ruth Louise Collar Small Freeman, 86, of Ellsworth and Eustis, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Collar, mother, Florence Tracy Collar, and brother Dwight Collar.
Survived by sister Betty (Walter) Smith of Lisbon, N.Y., children Richard (Carrie) Small of Albuquerque, N.M., Vicky Small of Corvallis, Ore., Mary (John) Small of Trinidad, Calif., Helen Small of Coos Bay, Ore., and Raines “David” (Paula) Freeman of Deland, Fla., seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Born Feb. 21, 1929, in Franklin, Ruth moved to Ellsworth at an early age where she attended local schools graduating from Ellsworth High School. She reared five children, and spent many happy years pursuing her loves of horseback riding, cycling, and traveling cross-country. Ruth was a lifelong equestrian and cultivated enduring friendships throughout the horse community.
Ruth moved to Florida in 1972. In an era when the business world welcomed few women, Ruth launched a decades-long career as a real estate entrepreneur. Although an accomplished real estate investor, she found her greatest satisfaction in her role as a mother. “The biggest and best asset of all is, of course, my children.”
Ruth’s most recent adventure was a move to Corvallis, Ore., to live with her daughter, Vicky, where she died peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family on May 8, 2015.