Ruth E. Cragg passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2011, after 90 wonderful years. Her passing was as peaceful and as graceful as her life with her family at her side.

Ruth E. Cragg passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2011, after 90 wonderful years. Her passing was as peaceful and as graceful as her life with her family at her side.


Ruth was a lifelong resident of Cohocton. Born on Potter Hill to John and Vera (Wallace) Cleveland, she was the first of five children. She attended grade school on 12 Mile Creek until transferring to high school in Avoca where she graduated in 1938.


Ruth was employed as a welder at Foster Wheeler during the war. She then worked at the Moore-Cottrell subscription agency until she semi-retired and became self employed, managing her own subscription agency.


United in marriage to her life’s companion Gordon R. Cragg on March 10, 1940, Ruth and Gordon raised a wonderful family on their Lent Hill farm. There, they started some of the most wonderful traditions and memories for their family and friends. After retiring from farming, they moved to the town of Cohocton where Ruth remained after Gordon’s passing in 2007 and 67 years of marriage.


Ruth took pleasure in growing her roses and continuing with Gordon’s gladiola garden. She enjoyed bird watching, bible study and spending time with her family and friends. She embraced her family and loved to provide some of the most wonderful gatherings and memorable dinners we can recall. Ruth was quick with a brilliant smile or to laugh at the humor in a situation. She saw the bright side, rarely showing anger or a cross word to her grandchildren, even when warranted. As matriarch of our family, Ruth was an example of tremendous moral value and grace.


She worshipped as a member of the Lent Hill Church and the Wallace Methodist Church until their closing, and continued her relationship with God as a member of the Cohocton Methodist Church.


Ruth is predeceased by her son, James; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Ruby Cleveland; and brothers-in-law, Alton (Sara) Wheaton and Loren (Doris) Lewis.


She leaves behind her loving daughter, Elaine Burritt of Hornell; grandson, Richard (Kimberly) Burritt of Wayland; granddaughter, Michelle (William) Margeson of Hornell; her beloved great-grandchild and the apple of her eye, Jacob, Morgan, Matthew Burritt, Kyle, Kaiden, Adam and Danielle Margeson; her sisters, Sara (Alton) Wheaton of Cohocton and Doris (Loren) Lewis of Wayland; and brother, John Cleveland of Dansville and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Walter E. Baird and Sons Funeral Home, 300 W. Naples St., Wayland, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Wheaton Family Cemetery, Cohocton.


Contributions may be made to the Cohocton Fire Department and Ambulance or the Cohocton Methodist Church in memory of Ruth. Those who wish to light a memory candle for Ruth may do so at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com.