Ruth A. Birmingham
Died: Jan 14th, 2018
Ruth A. Birmingham
CANASTOTA- Ruth A. Birmingham, 80, of New Yorker Avenue, passed away early Sunday morning, January 14, 2018, at home after a long illness.
Born in Allegheny on August 21, 1937, she was the daughter of Albert and Aubyne Kennedy Johnson. Ruth graduated from high school in Allegheny and owned her business as a hairdresser before getting married. She married Thomas J. Birmingham in Allegheny on September 12, 1959. Mr. Birmingham died on December 25, 2013.
Ruth grew up in Allegheny and moved to Buffalo after she and Tom were married. She relocated to Canastota in the fall of 2017 after becoming ill. While residing in Buffalo, Ruth was a member of the Smallwood Garden Club and truly had a passion for gardening. She enjoyed volunteering at the Teddy Roosevelt Center. Ruth loved to talk and always had a story to tell, especially to her children and grandchildren, whom she loved deeply.
Surviving are: one daughter, Jennifer Dwyer and her companion Jay Johnson of Canastota; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Charlene Birmingham of Lawtons; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Tom Dwyer, Tim Dwyer, Nicole and Tim Rendle, Dan and Ashley Birmingham, Heidi and Kurtis Hulse, Lena Birmingham and Marissa Birmingham; three great-grandchildren, Avery, Adalin and Carson; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Johnson of GA; several nieces and nephews including, Dan, Debbie, Linda and Mark and numerous special friends who made a difference in her life. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Johnson.
At Ruth’s request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 300 South Peterboro Street, Canastota. Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13323. To leave a message of condolence, please visit
Jim Kennedy
Jan 15th, 2018 10:12 pm
Jennifer, Mike and families...I first want to tell you how very sorry I am over the loss of your mother. I realize how cancer had affected her in recent years yet when we spoke most of her thoughts were of her family. I have many fond memories of Ruth as she and my sister Jeanne were almost inseparable throughout school and Ruth was like another older sister to me. In recent years we rarely saw each other but did talk on the phone on occasion (one time over 3hours). My wife passed away in 2012 and later when Tom passed, Ruth and I talked at length about losing a spouse. Much talk and many tears were shed as we reminisced over our losses and our childhood experiences. As you know, Ruth was a favorite person to many people including her extended family from Portville, Allegany and Olean. On behalf of my sister Kay and our families, we will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.
Beatriz Shelton
Jan 16th, 2018 9:19 am
Jennifer, I am truly sorry for your loss. Eric and I see you all as family. This truly saddens us, but we know she is in a better place. I pray for God to give you strength. Now is the time to celebrate he9thr life and honor her legacy. I love you very much! Beatriz Shelton
Kara Cross
Jan 16th, 2018 12:29 pm
Jennifer, I am truly sorry for the loss of your mother. She will be missed dearly, but forever in your hearts.Thouggts and prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time. Xoxo
Joseph Vicari
Jan 16th, 2018 2:22 pm
I'm your old nieghbor across the street on Callodine, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom,your parents were great people,and made us feel welcomed when we first moved there,so sorry to hear of they're deaths,God bless.
Lawrence (Larry) Baxter
Jan 16th, 2018 6:50 pm
Will Miss you Ruthie, Missing your Husband Tom also. many Fine memories @ our Class Parties & Reunions. Larry Baxter ACS 1956
Jan 25th, 2018 11:53 am
My condolences to the family during this difficult time, no one can prepare us for the grief we experience when we lose a loved one, at 1 Peter 5:7 we are encouraged to "throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." Losing a loved one is difficult but with comfort we receive from God by relying on him, a person can gain "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding..."( Phillipians 4:6,7) I want you to know that although missed your loved one is not forgotten and God who is the life giver is eager to restore life to those who have fallen asleep in death and promises to do so by means of a ressurection. ( John 5:28,29)
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