A Great Woman!

Ruth “Ruthie” Evelyn (VanDusen) Stratton

Ruth “Ruthie” Stratton began her eternal rest on November 7th, 2019 at 12:25 pm. She was known by many names including Sister, Aunt, and Mom, but the one she loved to be called most was Grandma!

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

Ruthie’s Obituary

In life, Ruth Evelyn Stratton (VanDusen) was known by many names, to name a few: “top of her class” (at Mansfield University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in social work), friend and “MOM”, but her favorite was likely “Grandma”. Todd Stratton, her youngest son, kept her on her feet with all of his shenanigans, but that prepared her for when she came to know her true calling, “Grandmaaaah”.  In Sep. of 2012, her first grandchildren (Amari Evelyn and Alsatia Eliana) were born to her daughter Kim Stratton. To her pleasant surprise, she was quickly overcome with more grandchildren as her eldest son (Brian Stratton) and his wife (Paula Ospina), quickly welcomed 3 more grandchildren all mysteriously almost exactly 2 years apart (Sebastian 4yrs, Sequoia 2yrs, and Oliver 7 months). On November 7th, 2019, just a week shy of her 67th birthday, Ruthie, being surrounded by family and friends, left this world peacefully due to an unexpected illness. Although the time she had on this earth was short, the feeling of joy and love that she shared with those around her will endure. Ruth loved the ocean, loved to read, loved to help others, and she loved those grandchildren a bushel and a peck. We hope to keep her spirit of joy and love in the air as we celebrate her life, as we keep the lessons she taught us through example alive in the stories we tell our children, and the way we treat each other. All Family and Friends are invited to share memories and stories of this extraordinary woman in the celebration of Ruthie’s life on December 7th at “The Center” on Park Ave in Corning starting at noon.

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