Ruth Henry Comfort

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    - Katie Oslin
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Oct. 9, 2017

Ruth Henry Comfort was born in Mehoopany in 1933. She died in her home in Vestal surrounded by love and family on Oct. 9, 2017.

Ruth grew up on a dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania with seven brothers and sisters. She graduated as valedictorian from Tunkhannock High School and went on to attend Keystone Junior College on full scholarship, majoring in science. While there, she met and fell in love with Webb Comfort, her husband of 64 years.

Over time, Ruth and Webb shared homes in State College, Endicott N.Y., Ann Arbor Mich., Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and finally Vestal, N.Y. where they have lived for the last 44 years.

Fiercely intelligent, a lifelong love of learning was Ruth's greatest passion, leading her to obtain a B.A. in History at SUNY New Paltz, attending classes while taking care of four children, and an R.N. degree at Broome Community College.

She worked at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. and Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was a voracious reader and instilled that love of reading in her children. She was a sharp card player and always did her crossword puzzles in pen. She was a dedicated member of the PEO Sisterhood since 1971 and past president of Chapter BO, a Philanthropic Educational Organization committed to promoting educational opportunities for all women.

Ruth was funny. She had a dry wit like no other - which she often put to use writing poems for Christmas, anniversaries, and weddings. She was a multi-talented homemaker creating an environment of health, love and warmth for three generations of family and gave countless hours to helping others.

Ruth was an incredible seamstress, making not only many of her family's clothes, but wedding gowns, suits, outfits for her husband's barbershop quartet, uniforms and flags for her daughter's drum corps, dozens of aprons for hospital staff in Haiti, robes for her PEO chapter, and more. She was a wonderful cook, baker, and candy maker. Among the many skills she taught herself were furniture upholstery and restoration, and chair caning; landscaping; painting and wallpapering; and numerous arts and crafts. Ruth loved to travel, and made many trips with her husband, friends, and sisters to Norway, France and England, Spain, Zimbabwe, Canada, and much of the US.

Ruth especially loved being a favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews. It would be impossible to list all of the lives she has touched as a mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, nurse, and PEO sister.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Webb; sons: Steven (Gina) Comfort of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Benjamin Comfort of Durham, N.C.; daughters: Joanne (Lyal) Powell of Rochester, Minn., and Marcia (Michael) Fisher of Round Rock, Texas, as well as eight grandchildren: James, Ellen (Matt), Katheryn, Brendon, Erich (Meghan), Everett (Meredith), Evan, and Thomas; five great-grandchildren: Ella, Ryan, Michael, Henry, and Leia; and two sisters: Kay Dymond and Elsie Hamilton. She leaves behind many much-loved lifelong friends.

A celebration of her life, with music by the Southerntiersmen Chorus, is planned for Nov. 18 at American Legion Post 89, 118 S. Jensen Rd., Vestal, N.Y. beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the PEO Foundation at PEO Treasurer's Dept., 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312; or the MS Society would be meaningful.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner on Nov. 1, 2017