LACONIA — Lillian Ruth (Burbank) Winslow was received into the Lord’s presence early this year, 2017.
She was born Oct. 23, 1930, in Laconia, the daughter of J. Edwin and Clemency (Anstey) Burbank.
After the family moved to Maine in her teen years, she graduated from Bangor High School in 1948 and from Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 where she trained to be a registered nurse. She received her BA from Providence Barrington Bible College, Rhode Island, in 1956. On completing the Missionary Internship Program in Detroit, she attended the Spanish Language School in San Jose, Costa Rica, while living there with a doctor and his family.
Before leaving for Ecuador for service with the Missionary Radio Station HCJB, she was employed four years as an office nurse by Dr. Fernand Hamel. Ruth then spent four years in Ecuador with HCJB (Heralding Christ Jesus’ Blessings), Voice of the Andes. This station has been broadcasting around the world via shortwave radio since 1931. They have two hospitals in Ecuador, one in Quito and another in Shellmera. She worked for two years in each. (This was the area where the Auca and Quechua Indians killed five missionaries. Their experiences trying to make friends with the natives was later described in Elizabeth Elliot’s book, “Through Gates of Splendor” and such magazines as Life.)
While home on furlough in 1963, she met and married Pastor John H. Winslow of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Lebanon. They moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1974, later becoming youth pastors at Desert Chapel Methodist Church in 1976. He predeceased her in 1979.
Survivors include two daughters, Alicia (and Greg) Gay of Bangor, Maine, and Elly (Tenpenny) Womack of Apache Junction, Arizona. She also leaves four grandchildren, Kyle Lee Gay and Hope Nichole Gay of Maine, Seth Michael and Sarah Joy Ruth Tenpenny of Apache Junction, Arizona. There are also stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters, Betty Trask of Laconia, and Barbara Hall of Kittery, Maine.
“Jungle Nurse,” a book on her experiences, was in the process and awaiting publication.
A celebration of her life will take place sometime in New Hampshire at a place to be announced. Her funeral service was held in Arizona.
Per her wishes, her body has been donated to science research.