Ruth Marion Pearce (nee Gould), born May 17, 1928 went Home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2018.

Ruth Marion Pearce (nee Gould), born May 17, 1928 went Home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2018.          

Born to Fred and Jennie Gould of Savona NY, Ruth was the youngest of 8; in addition to her parents was predeceased by siblings Earl (Wilma) Gould, Everett (Freda) Gould, George (Cathleen) Gould, Bonnie Gould, Gerald (Marilyn) Gould, Eliza Gould,  Elthea (James) White, nephews James White and Dennis White, and the love of her life husband Donald E. Pearce (married 1956 until his death in 1993.)

Ruth is survived by her dearly loved sons and daughters-in-love: Donald (Roni) Pearce, David (Deidre) Pearce,  and Jeffrey Pearce; as well as the son of her heart Christopher (Cathy) Olander, her sister-in-love Boots Gould, her grandchildren:  Samantha (Kyle) Kamp , James Banker, Megan Pearce, Joseph Pearce and Emily Pearce, her great granddaughter Kylie Pearce, beloved nieces Bonnie (Bruce) Spicer, Marilyn (Wendell) Ross, Cheryl (Phil) Hemple, Joyce (James) White and Lisa (Dennis) White, her great nephews and nieces: Don (Erlinda) Cole, Kevin (Kathy) White, Christopher (Pamela) Ross, Jennie (Joseph) Knox, Rebecca White, Sarah (Christopher) Faylor, Tabitha (Ken) Martin, James (Kayla) White, and her great, great nephews and nieces: Orion Cooke, Heather Ross, Christopher Spicer, Donalynn Cole, Nathan Ross, David Martin, Samuel Ross, Jessica Ross,  Zoe Cole, Devin Knox, Colin Knox, Jazmyn Martin, Gabriel White,  and Arya White; and special angel helpers Dee Righter and Laura Neal. In addition Ruth is survived by the many friends, now family, too numerous to name here; too precious to forget.

Ruth worked many years at the Bath VA, retiring in 1992 as Chief of Medical Records. Ruth was also a tireless advocate for inclusion of special needs students in the local school long before there was recognition of, or organized advocacy for,
the need.

Ruth’s legacy is this: She never met a stranger; only new friends who would quickly become old friends, eventually becoming family. Ruth was ever gracious and giving, providing for the needs of others even as she cared for her own. Even unto death Ruth was concerned for the welfare of others.  

“A friend loves at all times.”  Proverbs 17:17

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: 

Pathways  Inc.

Attn. Stephanie Miller

33 Denison Parkway West, Corning NY 14830

Memo: Day Treatment Program


Bethel Assembly of God 

Attn. KidMin

310 West Washington St., Bath, NY 14810

Ruth will be formally remembered by Family and Friends at a date to be determined.

Up to and until that time, care and comfort will be provided to Ruth’s estate and family by BondDavis Funeral Home.