CROWN POINT — Ruth L. Tubbs, surrounded by loving family, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Heritage Commons Nursing Home in Ticonderoga. Born Sept. 30, 1923, in Crown Point, she was the daughter of Rebecca Jane (Clark) and Robert Hardy Lang.
Besides her parents, Ruth was predeceased by several brothers and sisters; Howard French, Pearl Hamner, Ralph French, Royal French and May Smith. These brothers and sisters gave Ruth many nieces and nephews that can be found from one end of the country to the other. Ruth also lost her one son, Donald Grey Sr. of Ticonderoga. Donald and wife Rose blessed Ruth with four grandchildren; Donald Grey Jr. of Schroon Lake, Danny and Bobby Grey of Ticonderoga and Suzan Summerville of Ticonderoga. She also is survived by her sister, Nora Strieble of Moriah. Great and great-great grandchildren, including her beloved great-granddaughter, Christina Grey will now hear those wonderful old-time stories of wild buggy rides, one-room schools, brotherly/sisterly pranks, bootlegged liquor, barn dances and other exciting family tales from other loved ones who were lucky enough to hear them first-hand.
Ruth worked for several years as the cook at her sister Pearl's restaurant, Hamner's Diner in Crown Point. Many customers frequented the popular diner just for Ruth's home cooking. In the early 1980's, Ruth became a home health aide for the Mountain and Valley In-Home Services, Inc. She considered this to be a fine achievement and was proud to be one of the most requested employees because of her nursing skills, sense of duty and compassion for the elderly.
Ruth's compassion and generosity also was extended to her love of animals. She continuously provided food and shelter for lost dogs and cats and winter fed many birds. Wild flowers and butterflies pleased her very much. She loved playing her violin, especially while brother Howard sang and sister Nora clogged.
Our Ruth was a much loved family member who will be remembered for her unfailing generosity, her tough independence and her will to survive whatever life dealt her.
Friends and family are invited to honor Ruth's memory at a graveside service at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at Crown Point White Church Cemetery.