Ruthie was a woman that touched the lives of everyone she met and to her, a stranger was just a friend that you haven’t been introduced to yet and being her friend met you were a part of her family! It is common to hear: “I was lucky to have known her!”, “A very special person!”, “One of the strongest women I have ever known. Her humor, determination, love for her family and friends was limitless.”, “I loved her so much!” and much more!
She had so much love in her heart and she was always willing to share that love with anyone in need. She was always ready with a hug, a sympathetic ear and would do whatever she could to help.
Ruthie was the strongest woman most have ever known. She used her strength to help those in need and to share that strength to help others get through tough times. Children that had been abused, families in need and those that were suffering in any way, mental and physical were impacted by her support.
There is more than one person that can say they owe their life to her because she would give of herself, thinking of their needs before her own.
After having to temporarily stop college due to a serious illness in the family, she returned to excel in her studies many times receiving a grade that was higher than 100%! She first graduated from Corning Community College (SUNY) and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University to live her dream of helping others by becoming a social worker.
Ruthie’s career in social work was cut short after a vicious dog attack while trying to protect a child from harm while on the job. The attack left her disabled and with some complications, but as she would often say after, if that had not happened, she would not have been able to spend the time she did with her grandchildren that she loved so much and meant the world to her! There really always is a silver lining!
Ruth, Ruthie, Mom, Grandma will live on in all of the lives that she touched in her lifetime and there were many people that can say that their lives are enriched beyond measure due to her strength, intelligence, caring, friendliness and love.
Thank You God for giving the world such an exceptional woman for almost 67 years! You will be missed, but never forgotten and will always live on in the hearts of the many people that love you!
Ruth Evelyn (VanDusen) Stratton, November 14th, 1952 to November 7th, 2019