Ruth Dugan Maloy LOUDONVILLE - Ruth Dugan Maloy passed away peacefully at her residence Tuesday, June 11, 2013. She was born on August 29, 1925 in Lansingburgh, NY, the daughter of Deborah Faden and Walter J. Dugan. She was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School and Russell Sage College. An actress at heart, Ruth performed in many productions in grammar school, high school, and college, appearing in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, one of the first televised broadcasts from WRGB in Schenectady. If fate had not intervened, she most likely would have pursued her dream in New York City. Instead, she stayed close to home after the death of her brother Bill in World War II and her mother's illness, going to work for Manning Paper Company until the birth of her first child in 1956. After breaking many hearts, Ruth met and married James H. Maloy in 1952 and they had 51 wonderful years together until Jim's death in 2003. Ruth and Jim had four children, Debra (John) Walsh of Menands, Jennifer (Anthony) Keogh of White Plains, James Jr. of Halfmoon and William of Washington, D.C. An impeccable dresser, Ruth was never seen in public without her high heels. She never left the house without being dressed for the day. This was a habit she formed years ago, having learned that it was unwise to leave the house in a nightgown with a toddler in charge of the house keys. Ruth was nothing if not totally dedicated to her children. In addition to her work with the Red Cross, Ladies of Charity, SPAC, Maria College and Siena College, she volunteered as room parent, bazaar co-chair, Mother's League president or whatever job needed to be filled at her children's schools, St. Pius X, St. Agnes and Doane Stuart. Family always came first and aside from an occasional weekend in New York City, Ruth and Jim never traveled without the kids. Jim preferred car or train travel and many an adventure was had on trips to California or Florida by car and Chicago or New York City by train. These trips often included one or more extra child so everyone would have a playmate. The addition of grandchildren turned Ruth into a very willing babysitter. She was an expert at tea parties and her pack rat ways were validated with the resurrection of many a cool old toy from her basement. In addition to her children and son-in-laws, Ruth is survived by her grandchildren, Alison and J. Gregory Walsh of Menands and Carolyn and Christopher Keogh of White Plains, her brothers Walter (Barbara) Dugan of Salt Lake City and Raymond (Lois) Dugan of Clifton Park. She is the sister-in-law of Peggy Dugan of Latham. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to calling hours at the Tebbutt Funeral Home, 633 Central Ave. Albany on Friday, June 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 and/or a celebration of Ruth's life at the Fort Orange Club later that evening from 6 to 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM on Saturday at St. Pius X Church, Crumitie Rd. Loudonville followed by a private burial. Those wishing to remember Ruth in a special way may make a contribution to Farano Center for Children, 27 N. Main Ave. Albany, NY 12203 or the
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Published in The Record on June 14, 2013