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Funeral Service

K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Saturday March 27th, 2021

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Ruth T. Diaz

Ruth T. (Smith) Diaz, 101, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Cortland, NY.

Born in the Town of Taylor, NY, on January 18, 1920, Ruth was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Monroe Smith.  A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus.  She retired from Victory Markets, Cincinnatus, in 1982 after 23 years of dedicated service.  Ruth was an avid golfer and fantastic bowler who enjoyed playing cards with her friends.  She was a member the Knickerbocker Country Club and the Seven Valley Golf League.

She is survived by her children, Joe Diaz of Cincinnatus, Sally Diaz of Savona, Ruth (Mike) Credno of Baldwinsville, and Jimmie Diaz of San Francisco, CA.  She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Violet Tracey and Metta Diaz, both of Cincinnatus; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joe Diaz, in 1982; and brothers, Robert, Louis, and Lloyd Smith.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. with Fred M.S. Downs officiating.  Burial will be in Taylor Rural Cemetery.  The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the start of the service at 1:00 p.m.  NYS Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.  Masks must be worn and social distancing will be in place.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ruth may be directed to the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040.

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Ruth was a dear friend. Full of life, love and happiness. We will forever love and miss her.
Gary and Joan Hart

Gary & Joan Hart, Willet, NY 13863 Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM

To Ruth's Entire Family, When I think of Ruth, I just smile, she had that wonderful fun-loving, genuine personality. What a life she lived, she knew how to be happy in any circumstances and lived her life fully. We were all so lucky to have had her in our lives. Sorry we can't see all of you today, take care and our thoughts are with you.

Cheryl & Kim Knickerbocker

Cheryl & Kim Knickerbocker Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry Diaz family. We're thinking of you.

The Vacchis Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of Aunt Ruth's passing. I have nothing but wonderful memories of her. She was a legend in my eyes. Sending love and prayers to my Diaz family. I love you all!

Rebecca Martin Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Ruth as being a dear friend to my grandmother Arlene. I can hear them, and Joe and grandpa Chum all getting reacquainted again. Thank you for the life you shared with us.

Mary Lee Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Debbie and I enjoyed our Couples Golf League dates with Ruth. She had a true love of life and the adventures of it. She was a treasure. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Charles Flint Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

Ruth was a special lady with a huge presence in the community & a fun-loving zest for life!
Our thoughts & sincere sympathy to the Diaz family.
Greg & Josie Potter

Josie potter Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

my condolences to the family, i have nothing but good memories of Ruth, she was a great lady and will be missed

Harlan Pudney Jr Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

They broke the mold with you Aunt Ruth. Your whit, your smile, and your love of life was a blessing. You showed us all how we should live life and appreciate what we have. You will be dearly missed. I am certain you are looking down on us now with your warm smile and enjoying the memories we all have of you. We will set a plate for you at the Diaz breakfast.

Kenneth and Patricia Diaz Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Ruth loved life and we are so happy to haven been a part of it. We loved playing golf with her on the Friday night couples league. She had a beautiful spirit. We will truly miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Chuck and Barb Winters Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

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