Ruth A. Noyd

Ruth A. Noyd, 86, of Jamestown, passed away Wednesday (May 15, 2013), in her home surrounded by her family.

A lifelong area resident, she was born May 9, 1927, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Eric E. and Ruth M.E. Lawson Johnson.

Ruth attended Lakewood High School, and in earlier years was employed by the former Art Metal Corporation. For most her life Ruth was a dedicated homemaker.

She was a member of the Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend.

Surviving are her two children: Larry Noyd of Jamestown, her primary caregiver, and Betty (Larry) Swanson of Ashville; three grandchildren: Michael Swanson, Matthew Swanson and Hope James; four great-grandchildren: Aleczandir, Kierra and Scott James and Ashley Denise Jones; her daughter-in-law, Jackie Abbey; a brother, Robert Johnson of Tullahama, Tenn.; a sister, Mercedes “Cookie” (Jim) Dyer of Knoxville, Tenn.; and her dear friends; Diana and Deborah Diers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden L. “Jack” Noyd, whom she married Sept. 26, 1947, in Bethel Lutheran Church, and who died Feb. 4, 2011; her son, Ronald Noyd on March 21, 2009; her stepmother, Mercedes Johnson; three brothers: Don, Clifton and Richard Johnson; one sister, Virginia Barlow; six sisters-in-law: Mildred Jarrett, Lillian Jackson, Gladys Miller, Carolyn Noyd, Daisey Noyd and Wally Noyd; six brothers-in-law: Reuben Jarrett, Clarence, Gilbert, Arnold, Roy and Melvin Noyd; her father-in-law, John Noyd; her aunt, Emogene Erickson; uncle, Arthur Erickson; and dear friends: Harry Swanson and Linnea Seaburg.

Ruth’s family would like to thank her caregivers: Julie, Sue, Sharon, Tina, Terry, Pat, Patty and Kiteleen from hospice for their empathy and compassion.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Timothy Phelps, chaplain of Hospice of Chautauqua County, will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.

Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service in the funeral home.

Memorials may be donated to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.

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