SARANAC — Ruby E. Cromie, cherished wife of Harold L. Cromie, died at CVPH Medical Center following a prolonged illness. She entered Heaven's gates on April 5, 2014.
She was born May 14, 1925, in Oakland Calif. of Canadian parents, the late Robert and Lena (Fournier) Charpentier. Ruby was united in marriage to Bernard Collins during 1947 in Saranac, N.Y. He preceded her death in 1964.
A consummate mother and homemaker, Ruby was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She also had an unwavering faith in God. Over the years, she was employed full time by the Catholic school located in Redford, N.Y. She was an active member of St. James Church. Furthermore, she was also a talented musician and passed her musical abilities on to many people.
Ruby received her BA degree in Education. Prior to receiving her degree, she worked within the Saranac Central School system as a food service provider and post-degree, as a substitute teacher, retiring during 1987.
In 1972, she married her beloved, Harold L. Cromie of Saranac. Married for 40 years, Ruby and Harold upon retirement, faithfully cared for family and friends, spent time going on several cruises and vacationed in Alaska, Hawaii, Ireland and London. They further enjoyed frequent excursions across Canada to Vancouver, British Columbia to spend time with Ruby's relatives.
With a zest for life, Ruby loved to square dance, read, pray, sew and play games/cards, especially Pinnacle.
She is survived by her husband, Harold; four sons, Ronald (Francine) Collins of Williamsport, Pa., Gilbert (Karen) Collins of Raleigh, N.C., Brian (Debbie) Collins of Drums, Pa. and Randy (JoAnn) Collins of Shillington, Pa.; two step-children, Lawrence (Sarah) Cromie of West Chazy, N.Y. and Sherrill (Peter) Payant of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Judy Martin of Vancouver, BC; Claire Dille of Red Deer, AB, and Betty Androschuck of Edmonton, AB; several nieces and nephews.