Ruth Hitchcock went to be in the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus, the morning of Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the age of 91. Ruth was a generous woman of faith and prayer and her wish was that everyone knew her love for Jesus, and for her family and friends.
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Ruth was born on May 11th, 1928 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to Luther W. Myers and Thelma D. (Swiger) Myers. As a young girl Ruth moved from Oklahoma to New York State with her family, escaping the great depression and dust bowl that devastated so many at the time. When arriving in New York her father worked to upkeep farms until he bought his own dairy farm which Ruth was raised on.
Ruth was a hard worker, learning from and working closely with her father until she went off to college for nursing where she met her husband John Brown and they started a family in 1948. John and Ruth had two beautiful children Linda (Wood) Lorenzen and Larry Wood. During this time Ruth and her family lived in Monticello and attended Shawangunk Reformed Church in Wallkill where she began her 25 years of teaching Sunday School to children and devoted service to beloved faith communities.
Ruth met her second husband, Edward Wood Jr., at Grange farmers community dance in Wallkill. Ruth and Ed’s family business was fruit farming. On this farm they raised Linda, Larry and were blessed with four more children. Edward M. Wood, Thomas L. Wood, Frank P. Wood. and Marjorie E. Wood. Unfortunately, Tommy passed away at the young age of four from cancer and the whole family grieved his loss.
Besides a love for Jesus and her family, Ruth was a lover of art in many forms; painting, drawing, quilting, poetry, created backdrops for church plays, and she even designed and made floats for local parades and halloween costumes for her grandchildren. Some of her art was kept in her home, but so much of her creative projects was given to loved ones or donated to those in need in her community. After 24 years of a loving marriage Ed passed on from an unexpected heart attack and Ruth ran the farm with her children while caring for foster children until she sold the farm and invested in local real estate with her son Frank.
On December 30th, 1988 Ruth married her last love and husband, Rodney Hitchcock. Ruth and Rod were married for 26 years. Ruth and Rod enjoyed dancing, card playing, water aerobics, trips to the senior center and Friday nights watching their grandchildren. After Rod’s death in 2014 Ruth moved from their home in Hyde Park, New York to Poughkeepsie where she lived with her sons Frank and Eddie.
Ruth was a strong, giving women. We remember her stories of farm life, her blunt words of wisdom, her exaggerated storytelling, her beautiful works of art, her vast vegetable garden, her care-giving of Rod and many others, and finally her endurance through many illnesses in her last days on earth. We are glad that she was ours.
Ruth was survived by her children, Larry Wood and his spouse Brenda, Linda Lorenzen, Edward Wood, Frank Wood and his spouse Barbara Wood and Marjorie Wood-Guthrie
and her spouse Steven Guthrie. Ruth is also survived by ten grandchildren and a dozen great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday August 3, 2919, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 5468 Route 9W Newburgh, New York, 12550. Family and friends are invited to meet at the cemeteries office near the main gate at 9:45 AM, follow the procession to the gravesite for a 10AM service. .
Following the service all are welcome to the home of Frank and Barbara Wood, 41 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.