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Ruth May Garland Duley, 101, active with the Senior Center of York

Ruth May Garland Duley
Ruth May Garland Duley

Ruth May Garland Duley, 101, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019. She was born in 1917 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to the late Florence E. and Howard M. Garland.

Her father was an engineer for B&M Railroad; they moved often. She spent her formative years in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and later moved to Massachusetts, where she worked at the Naval Shipyard and Raytheon. She also did volunteer work during World War II.

She married H. Ray Duley Dec. 31, 1942, at the West Somerville Baptist Church. He was a career U.S. Navy man, and they moved several times during his career. They made many lifetime friends along the way. Ruth was a very gifted crafter and enjoyed sharing and teaching her talent to others. She was active with the York County Homemakers Club for many years and volunteered for the Disabled Veterans of America making crocheted capes and lap quilts for our veterans. She enjoyed attending various activities at the York County Senior Center.

She was a member of the York County Chapter 110 Order of the Eastern Star for over 60 years. She belonged to the Patty Olsen Circle at Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, the LAFRA #172 of Yorktown and Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

She is survived by her loving husband of 76 years, H. Ray Duley; two daughters, Mrs. Nancy J Hawkins of Yorktown and Mrs. Barbara J. Richards of Selah, Washington; four grandchildren, David Brian Hawkins, Charles Ray Richards, Christina Marie Swindler and Cheryl Rae Boehm; seven great-grandchildren, Zadie Joy, Kevin Russell, Daniel Robert, Dylan Ray, Billy III, Autumn Shane and Andi Sheyanne; and two great-great-grandsons, William IV and Cooper.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Amory Funeral Home, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lisa Barbery officiating. Interment will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 10, in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.

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