Ruth Patterson 100 years old of Portland, New York passed away on Monday afternoon September 25, 2017 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, New York coming there from previously residing for several years at the WCA Home in Fredonia, New York. Ruth was born August 5, 1917 to Clarence and Nell Burhans Henris and had lived in this area her entire life. She was a graduate of Westfield Central School and had been a Toll Collector for The New York State Thruway System. Ruth had also been the Assistant Postmaster for the Portland Post Office. She had been the Chairman of the Republican Committee, and belonged to the Brocton Portland Senior Citizens. Ruth was a member of the Portland Congregational Church of Portland New York for 86 years joining in 1929. She also belonged to the Wymadosis, the Fredonia Garden Club and the Brocton Portland Bridge Club. Ruth was also a member of the Eastern Star of Sherman, New York.
Ruth is survived by her three sons; Robert (Roberta) Patterson, Douglas (JoAnn) Patterson and Richard (Lynda) Patterson, all of Portland, New York, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents Ruth was predeceased by her husband Vivian (Vee) Patterson whom she married June 28, 1940 and who passed away February 26, 2000 after 59 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by two brothers Charles and Fred.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday morning September 30, 2017 at 12 noon at The Portland Congregational Church, Portland, New York. The Rev. Gordon Spiller will officiate. The family will welcome family and friends at the Church from 11 to 12 noon, one hour prior to the start of the Funeral Service. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. The family requests memorials in Ruth's honor be made to The Portland Congregational Church 8649 Church St. Portland New York 14769 and/or the Portland Fire Department, 6481 West Main Rd. Portland, New York 14769.