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January 10, 2014

Marguerite Ruth (Allen) Levis

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---- — Marguerite Ruth (Allen) Levis

HERKIMER — Marguerite Ruth (Allen) Levis, 93, a longtime resident of Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the Folts Homes in Herkimer, where she had lived for the last three years.

“Ruth,” as she was known by her family and friends, was born on Feb. 5, 1920, in Scranton, Pa., and was raised in Binghamton. She was the daughter of Wells P. Allen and Marguerite B Allen.

She married Maynard T. Levis in 1945, and shortly after settled in Oneonta, where she lived for more 60 years.

She was an active member of Elm Park Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women’s community.

Ruth worked for many years at the Gordon B. Roberts Insurance Agency, retiring in 1988. In her retirement, she remained active as a volunteer at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital and Elm Park Methodist Church.

Ruth was a devoted wife and mother, raising five children, for many years as a single parent following the death of her husband in 1967.

She was at all times a great lady who loved cooking, baking, gardening and most of all her family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her for her kindness, warm smile, and great sense of humor.

Ruth is survived by her five children and their spouses, Sharon Murray of Ilion, Brian A. Levis and his wife, Pat of Oneonta, Thomas W. Levis and his wife, Elaine of Worcester, Mass., Robert T. Levis and his wife, Amy of Kingston and Kathy S. Crandall and her husband, Jack of Melbourne, Fla. Ruth was also blessed with 11 grandchildren, Erica, Nicole, Joe, Amy, Jennifer, Brittany, Holly, Kelsey, Kirstie, Jason and Jenny; five great-grandchildren, Emma Ruth, Liam, Murray, Quinn and Callan; a nephew, Gary; and a niece, Callie.

She was predeceased by her husband; and by her only sibling, Wells P. Allen Jr., 82, in 2004.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance. A funeral service will be held immediately following the calling hours at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Olu Harding, pastor of the Elm Park Methodist Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to either the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, Leatherstocking Region, The Meadows, Suite 2, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Information about the Alzheimer’s Foundation can be found online at

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.