Bedford, NH & formerly of Hamburg, NY
Ruth Harder Dugan, 98, died on July 4th 2012, after several years of failing health. She was born October 19, 1913 in Buffalo NY the youngest of five children of Cordelia Cousins Harder and Edwin Partridge Harder. She graduated from Lafayette HS in Buffalo, Cornell University 1935 (BA Economics) and University of Buffalo 1965 (Masters Early Childhood Education), and taught in Preschool until her retirement.
She married William Dugan in 1937 and raised their five children, Molly Ayarza of Quito, Ecuador, Sam Dugan of Manchester, NH, Patrick Dugan, Rancho Mirage, California, Dixie Siegel, Lakewood, NY, and Dirk Dugan, Ithaca, NY all of whom survive her. In addition she leaves 23 nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren and a growing number of great grandchildren.
Ruth was at the center of her family, had a perfect disposition and a great love of children with whom she shared swimming, tennis, fishing, tractor rides, winter sports, a secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, and great empathy for all their trials.
She loved and was well loved by many adult friends and family as well, joining them for tennis, skiing, walking, theater , concerts and service organizations; the American Red Cross, League of Women Voters, and Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo.
Services: A memorial gathering in Hamburg, NY is being planned for October.
Gifts: In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Tifft Nature Preserve,
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14211
or Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
bpo.org or Development Office, 499 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Brewitt Funeral Service, 2 Epping St., Raymond, NH is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.