Ruth B. Hunter

July 27, 1921June 21, 2018

A graveside service for Ruth Bailey Hunter, age 96, of Ogdensburg will be held at the convenience of the family at Ogdensburgh Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Ruth passed away after a brief illness at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital on June 21, 2018.

Surviving are her two nieces, Lynn Whittier (her husband, Sarge, died January 2011) of Canton and Michele Rose and her husband, Carl, of Waddington; great-nieces & nephews, Andrew Whittier and his wife, Kristen, of Canton, Peter Whittier and his wife, Catherine, of Charlottesville, VA, Rebecca Rose-Hitchins and her husband, Jahn, of Parishville, Matthew Rose and his wife, Stephanie, of Waddington and Carrie Tyo and her husband, Jeffrey, of Massena; along with several great-great nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Clara Bailey, in 1999 and 2006 respectively, and a great-nephew, Daniel Rose in 2002.

Ruth was born on July 27, 1921, in Ogdensburg NY, a daughter of the late Loren O. & Hazel A. (Algie) Bailey. She graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1939, and continued her education at Syracuse University where she graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor’s degree. She later resumed her education and earned a Master’s degree in 1955 from St. Lawrence University.

Ruth was a member of NYS Retired Teachers Association and a member of the First Church of Christian Science in Potsdam. She enjoyed reading, history, travelling, knitting, cooking and spending time with her family.


  • Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family

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Eric Thacher

September 3, 2018

My favorite memory of Ruth is of her faithfully attending church services. Later, after she felt unable to drive the distance to Potsdam, I recall her kindness when I would visit her in Ogdensburg. We had good conversations, and she was responsive to e-mails from me or from First Church of Christ, Scientist, Potsdam.

I know that she is not dead, but has passed on to another sense of existence. God is always with her and is blessing her.

Billy Hill

July 5, 2018

So Sorry to learn about you passing away. Will miss seeing you in Price Chopper. You were a very good art teacher at OFA.


Billy & Bruce Hill
of OFA

Fran Loucks Roberts

June 28, 2018

Lynn and Mikie, I just learned of Ruth's death. Neeedless to say, I am so-o-o-o sorry. She will be missed by everyone whoever knew her. Whenever I was back from Egypt or elsewhere we would have some wonderful conversations about her travels and my travels and about my teaching experiences overseas. It was always a pleasure to meet up with her whenever I was in Ogdensburg. In fact I was looking forward to seeing her again about a month from now when I come north. I am just too late!!!!! She always spoke so highly of my parents which I greatly appreciated.

The Power of Positive Thinking Prevails and Wonderful Memories Never Fade.

Love to Memorable Ruth and Her Family,
Fran Loucks Roberts

Maureen McNally

June 28, 2018

We are so sad to hear about Ruth. She has been coming into The Place for years with her family and she was always a delight to wait on. She was always full of energy and stories. Our deepest condolences to the girls and their families. ❤️


June 27, 2018

To all of Ruth's family, I just wanted you to know that Ruth was my high school art teacher in Morristown and certainly fostered my love of doodling and drawing. I have one of my projects still hanging in my home as well as one Ruth did while at Syracuse University which she gave me while I was in the real estate business and listing her camp. Later we were co-workers at Ogdensburg Free Academy and often spent our "free" time together in the teachers' room. She was truly a lady, a very fashionable lady, whom I admired greatly. My thoughts and sympathy are with you.

Jim & Kate Amo

June 26, 2018

Our family is saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing. We have been neighbors for over 30 years. I got to know her even more when as a nurse I cared for her brother, Frank. What a sweet ,special lady she was. Such a pleasant soul of whom we admired her strength and independence as she moved on in her years.
On her walks as she rounded the block we would chat and she would always tell us that she never forgot Jim as her student and she would always ask how he was doing knowing he suffered with back problems.
On my walks I would always look for her as I passed by her house and if she was outside I would stop to chat. She also remembered both my boys and would often ask about them after they had grown. They had helped her out from time to time with her yard work when they were younger.
I will miss knowing that Ruth will not be just around the corner anymore, her smile and wave as she passes by us in her car, our chats and memories that she shared.
May God be with all of her family.
Jim,Kate,Nicholas & Ian Amo

Steve Henry

June 26, 2018

Dear,dear,Ruth,so hard to believe that presence you exuded is taken from be missed is an understatement.
We have been neighbors now some 30 years ,the book discussions on the back porch, sharing cookies,and your famous rhubarb crisp. I could go on.
When a life brings a smile at life's end.That is a life well lived.our Peter wept.he loved you so. Thank you ,good friend.

Mary Ellen Wilson Martin

June 25, 2018

Always known as Aunt Ruth to my three brothers and I due to being my mother, Nancy Flaherty Wilson's, childhood friend, we loved her and have such wonderful memories of our many family encounters with her. We never considered her not family. She was very kind and giving to us. Back in the days when most families had one car and our father needed it for work, she would call my mother on one of the hottest summer days to tell us to get ready. She would be stopping by to pick us up to bring to her camp on the St. Lawrence River for the afternoon. She would pull up to our house in her snazzy convertible, and we just thought that was the greatest thing.
She drove to my home in Hammond two summers ago with another friend of my Mom's, and we spent a lovely afternoon on my screened porch enjoying each other's company. What a wonderful person from a great generation that absolutely loved life and shared that joy with so many others!
I am sure that Aunt Ruth, Mom, Eleanor Hubsch, Emily Briggs, and the rest of the childhood group are together once again and ready to begin their next adventures.
May God's peace be with her and with all her family. Know that she will be forever missed and that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Mary Ellen , Arthur G. Wilson, John J. Wilson, Thomas A. Wilson and Families

Jane Hackett Backus

June 23, 2018

Ruth was my art teacher when I was a student at OFA, and the first to greet me when I returned in 1977 to accept my first teaching post. Ruth met me at my door and said in that lovely melodious voice, “Now we will have no awkwardness about will call me ‘Ruth’”...and so it has been that I’ve always remembered her as “Call-Me-Ruth” Hunter. I’m privileged to have a lovely little dish that her aunt Frances Bailey created and that Ruth gave me as an engagement gift. It was my great pleasure to see her a couple years ago at a community event - ever the same gracious sweet woman...May God bless her with a peaceful rest and endless art supplies. Methinks there will be some lovely sunsets...