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August 26, 2013

Ruth S. Searles

Ruth S. Searles

SAND HILL/UNADILLA — Ruth S. Searles, 98, of Sand Hill/Unadilla, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Aug. 18, 2013, at the Chestnut Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oneonta. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Ruth was born July 5, 1915, to Charles Edgar and Lotta Hammond Secor in Otego. She attended Otego schools and graduated in 1934.

She married Raymond Searles in 1936, and settled down to a happy life of farming, family, and community. She also worked for 25 years at Scintilla/Bendix/Amphenol Aerospace Corporation.

Ruth will be remembered as a wonderful, caring person whose door was always open to friends, as well as strangers who quickly became friends. She was a selfless person, spending countless hours making sleeping bags and quilts for the homeless.

She was known for hosting large, joyous family meals where she warmly welcomed any additional guests. Complete meals were packaged and sent out to anyone who couldn’t attend or those in need. And who could resist her famous rolls, dill pickles, dandelion greens and pies! No one could tell a story better or loved a hearty laugh more than Ruth. Holidays will truly never be the same without her!

As a gifted artisan, she created beautiful quilts, afghans, crocheted doilies, hooked rugs and other heirloom treasures. In addition she enjoyed tatting, stenciling, embroidering, and sewing. Ruth could refinish and cane furniture, garden/can/freeze her garden produce and even do lawn care until her vision declined in her 90s. She was passionate about living life to the fullest, while always thinking of how she could help others.

Ruth was an active member and promoter of community life in the Sand Hill area. She was the oldest member of the Sand Hill Methodist Church, which she joined in 1936, as well as the oldest native of Otego.

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