Surrounded by family in the comfort of home, our Dearly Departed Mother Ruth exchanged time for eternity and went home to glory on March 23, 2021.
Ruth was born during the Great Depression in Beaufort, South Carolina, The eldest of her siblings born to the late Gracie Williams. She attended the Robert Smalls School and enjoyed participating in school choir and played clarinet in the school band. Ruth’s early development as a child-care provider brought her to Saratoga Springs, New York during the summer of 1947. After leaving Beaufort, her life in Saratoga Springs began to unfold initially as a care provider for the Winney Family children. Ruth continued her education studying in night school and completed her secondary education while resident in Brooklyn, New York. Ruth graduated from Boys & Girls High School on Nostrand and Halsey Avenues.
Ruth’s serious work ethic and vision for herself allowed her the opportunity to pursue nursing studies through the Manpower program in Albany, New York. Her first placement was as a Nurse’s Aide in the Cramer House division of Saratoga Hospital.
Over the years Ruth enjoyed being a wife and mother. With her husband Richard, she raised her children and cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A lover of various musical styles, she often listened to her family practice and perform. She maintained gainful employment with various local businesses including The Gideon Putnam and Saratoga Raceway in their food service programs. After many years of employment with General Foods, Ruth retired from the Carton & Container Division as a Quality Control Inspector/Manager. In addition to tending her yard, seasonal vegetables, flowers and plants she genuinely cared about and for people and was an exceptional wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, coworker, and neighbor. Maintaining an active senior schedule, Ruth was a member of the Saratoga Senior Center and enjoyed attending weekly exercise classes. She was a life-long member of Dyer Phelps Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Saratoga Springs, New York and served dutifully as a Deaconess, choir member and usher.
Ruth is predeceased by her late husband Richard E. Daggs, Senior, son Richard Junior, mother Gracie Williams and sister Lila Fennell.
She leaves to cherish her life, legacy and memory family and friends whose lives have been greatly enhanced by her presence and selfless labors of love: sister Janice McCrae, son James Daggs (Earline), granddaughter Brittney, daughter Carol, close friends Mr. & Mrs. Ignatius and Elsie Collier and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: Dyer Phelps Memorial AME Zion Church – PO Box 295 Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 and/or Gateway House of Peace – 479 Rowland Street Ballston Spa, New York 12020
The family wishes to express our gratitude and sincere appreciation to all who have so thoughtfully, considerately and prayerfully supported us at this time. Special thanks to: Compassionate Funeral Care, Dyer Phelps Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, The Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, Compassus Hospice of Connecticut, First Baptist Church, Gateway House of Peace & Harrisena Community Church
A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. Family and friends may call from 12 pm to 2 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
Due to the ongoing public health concerns of COVID-19 social distancing as well as mandatory wearing of a face mask is required.
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