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Ruth M. Clough

Ruth M. Clough, 96, of Cortland, NY, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, with her family by her side, at the Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Cortland, NY, following a brief illness.

Ruth was born in the Town of German, NY on April 29, 1917, a daughter of the late Joseph and Blanche (Hull) Clough.  A lifelong resident of this area, she retired from Gladding Corporation in South Otselic after 61 years of service.  She was a 1935 graduate of Cincinnatus Central School and graduated as an LPN from Vernoyes Nursing School and also graduated from beautician school in Syracuse.  In her spare time, Ruth was active with the Otselic Valley Grange.  She was a loving and caring sister and aunt and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her nieces, Cathy (Ronald) Funk of Marathon, Elsie (Bruce) Wilcox of Syracuse, Chris (Bill) Weishaupt of Bushnell, FL, and Gail (Jim) Alcott of Glenmoore, PA; nephews, Gary (Kathy) Clough of Cambridge, MD and Joe (Marie) Clough of Auburndale, FL.  She also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her siblings, Mary Jones, Kenneth Clough, Beulah Baldwin, Ralph Clough, and Jack Clough; several nieces and nephews; and a very dear close friend who was like a brother, Richard Auwarter.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.  A private graveside service will be held at Valley View Cemetery, South Otselic, at the convenience of the family.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ruth may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Caring Community Hospice of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045.  

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Due to time and distance, we cannot claim to have known Aunt Ruth well, nor will we pretend a closeness that did not exist, but we considered Aunt Ruth to be be a very admirable lady.  We both have vague, fond memories from childhood of the occasional overnight stays with Aunt Ruth.   Those stays with her at her home were special events that we looked forward to and enjoyed.   We recollect Aunt Ruth being present at some of the holidays and big family events when we were teenagers/young adults. She usually made a bit of small talk with us by asking what we'd been up to or commented on some event in our lives that our mother had informed her of.  Aunt Ruth was always pleasant and sweet to us.  Due to that distance we mentioned, neither of us saw a lot of Aunt Ruth in our adult life, but we did keep in touch with cards at the holidays and short visits on our rare trips home to NY.   What did we know of Aunt Ruth?  We know that family was important to her, as were her friends. We know that she showed interest in our husbands and our children and always displayed our pictures.  We never knew Aunt Ruth to be anything but kind, tolerant and accepting of others.   We never overheard her gossiping...she may have told the facts about a situation from time to time, but we never saw it delivered with jealousy or a mean-spirited tone.  We believe Aunt Ruth must have been a dedicated and dependable worker to have remained employed well beyond the typical retirement age.  She was always very neat and tidy of home and person.  She seemed to take good care of herself and conducted herself with class and dignity.  Aunt Ruth lived a very long life and by all appearances, an admirable life.  We would do well to grow old as gracefully as she.  Rest in Peace Aunt Ruth.

Penny Hetzer & Billie Jo Doll Jun 22 2013 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to you and family in this of your grief

William & Barbara Greene Jun 19 2013 12:00 AM

We are very saddened and our hearts go out to Ruthie's family.  Ruthie was a wonderful friend to our sister and aunt Bernie.  She loved life, her family, her friends, and her card playing.  We can still remember her birthday party some years ago and her sharing with us all the goodies she had purchased that day at the dollar store including the bra and panties that she bought just because they were $1 and someone could use them.  She then put them on her head...That was Ruthie, what a sense of humor she had!  Ruthie had a heart of gold and was a friend to many.  She was one amazing woman for sure.  Ruthie will remain in the hearts of whose lives she has touched.  RIP Ruthie..We love you...Again, to Ruthie's family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  May your memories help ease your pain during this difficult time.

Doris Conway and Tammy Beardsley Jun 15 2013 12:00 AM

A beautiful picture of a beautiful lady. Our Dear "Aunt Ruth" was a big part of our family for many years. We loved her dearly and will truly miss her.
                                  Rod, Janice & Family

Rod and Janice Auwarter Jun 14 2013 12:00 AM

Even though I haven't seen you in a couple years, I really missed you at the Sr. Center for pitch . I really enjoyed being a friend and playing cards. May you rest in peace , I will always remember you, Ruth. You are a sweetheart.

Linda Stockton Jun 14 2013 12:00 AM

Out hearts are broken. We will miss your sweet smile. My you rest in peace and be with all the family that has been waiting for you. Thing will never be the same with out you. You'll never know how much the family and close friend will miss you. We'll love and miss you forever. Chris, Bill and family.

Christine & William Weishaupt Jun 13 2013 12:00 AM