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August 26, 2013

Ruth S. Searles


In addition, she was a member of the Jolly Nine, Wells Bridge Fireman’s Auxiliary, Home Bureau, United Methodist Women’s Society, Old Boy’s Club, WCTU, Wells Bridge Happy Times Senior Citizens, and 83 years in the Grange. Previously she had served as a 4-H leader, Sunday school superintendent, Sand Hill Church historian, Sand Hill Cemetery Association member, and Republican committeewoman.

Ruth is survived by her two loving daughters, Charlotte Cary and Raychel (Kurt) Henninger; grandchildren, Diane (Gary) Hanson, Ray (Stephanie) Cary, Taryn (Bill) Leverton, Brett Henninger, Trevor (Julianne) Henninger, and Lindsey Henninger; great-grandchildren, Kristi (Devin) Hanson Beck, Terri and Holli Hanson, Kyle and Morgan Cary, Jackson Henninger, Stephen and Parker Leverton; one great-great-grandson; and five great-great-granddaughters.

She is also survived by her devoted sister, Helen Secor Groves; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families, all of who so loved “Aunt Ruth.”

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, who she has missed for 28 years; and her brothers, Perry and Lynn Secor.

As Ruth’s health declined, the care she received from neighbors and friends was wonderful beyond measure and for which we are grateful. When Ruth’s needs went beyond home care we were fortunate to find a placement at Chestnut Park. We wish to thank all the staff for their kind, gentle, and loving care for Ruth the last 1 ½ years.

It is with her giving spirit that her final gift in life was to donate her body for research to Albany Medical College.

In memory of Ruth, there will be a “celebration of life” service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sand Hill Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon at the Wells Bridge Fire Station.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Sand Hill Methodist Church at 127 Sand Hill Road, Unadilla, NY 13849, favorite charity of one’s choice or just spend some special moments with friends.

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