Ruth E. BurnsRuth Burns of Trumansburg, passed away at the Beechtree Care Center on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the age of 84.

Born on January 7, 1928 in Hornell, NY, Ruth was the daughter of the late Myra Beyea Jones and William Jones.

Ruth graduated from Trumansburg High School in 1945.  Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for Dr. Low in Trumansburg, and as a baker for the Trumansburg Elementary Cafeteria.  She then worked for Tompkins County DSS as a Senior Account Clerk, and later retired from her position as Secretary at the Tompkins County Home in the late 70’s.  After her retirement she worked at the Trumansburg Golf Club as a manager in the club house. Ruth was a member of the Ladies Home Demonstration in Jacksonville and the Podunk Ladies Group.

Ruth’s joy was her family and the many large family gatherings that were had at their home in Trumansburg. Ruth loved cooking, baking, knitting, and canning and freezing the abundant vegetables harvested from her husband’s vegetable garden.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ralph Burns; daughter, Mary Myra; sons, William Burns and Thomas Burns; sister, Mary Johnson; and brothers Ford, William, and Ellsworth.

Ruth is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Sondra) Burns of Interlaken, John Burns (Natalie Travia) of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Barbara (Thomas) Wright of Trumansburg; daughter-in-law, Doreen Burns of Lodi; 6 grandchildren, Christina (Casey) Lincoln, David (Melissa) Burns, JoAnne Goodman, Stephen Wright, Thomas Burns Jr., and Kari Wright; 7 great grandchildren; brother James Jones of Pittsburgh, John Jones of Painted Post, Jerry Jones and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present to receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 2:00pm, at the funeral home, on Monday, with Rev. Jeff Losey officiating. Prayers of committal will follow in Grove Cemetery.

Because Ruth was a member of the Trumansburg United Methodist Church for many years, the family has requested that contributions in her memory be directed to the church at PO Box 628, Trumansburg, New York 14886.