2005-11-09 / Obituaries

Ruth Loughran

Ruth Loughran, 86, of Garrison, NY passed away on October 29, 2005. Ruth had recently left her Manitou home where for over 75 years she lived an active, vital, and independent life.

Ruth was born in the Bronx, New York City on November 15, 1918 to Herrieta Stewn and George Loughran. Ruth spent her early years in the Bronx and moved to Garrison in 1925 with her mother, grandmother, and brother George “Buster” Loughran.

She attended the Manitou School where she was one of only eight students in grades 1-8 educated in that historic one-room schoolhouse. Ruth fondly recalled her student days in Garrison noting how dramatically different from today the community was in those early years. She described how Route 9-D ended at Manitou Station Road and continued as a narrow dirt path to the brand new Bear Mountain Bridge. To attend high school in Peekskill, she commuted from Manitou station where passengers wishing to ride would simply wave a flag to stop the train. She recalled how the narrow marsh road to the train station would often flood, stranding cars that had to be pulled out by a two-mule team.

After attending business school in Manhattan, Ruth commuted to New York City where she worked at the Harlem Savings Bank for 25 years. In New York, she was a leading member of the Eastern Star, at that time the largest fraternal organization in the world admitting women as well as men.

Ruth was also an active member of many Garrison charitable and community service organizations. She was a charter member of the ambulance corps, a life-long member of the Highlands Garden Club, a singer in the Graymoor Choir, and a longtime volunteer at the Mother Lurana home. Ruth also found time to travel extensively around the world with her family. She attended both St. Philips Church in Garrison and St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family which included “Buster,” her beloved brother. But she is survived by many special friends and neighbors who will always remember Ruth as generous, graceful, optimistic, and most of all resolute in the face of life’s problems. Ruth was one of those special, colorful residents whose style and personality helped define the unique character of the Garrison community. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by all those who were fortunate enough to cross her path.

A graveside service was held at St. Phillips Church on Tuesday, November 1, 2005. In lieu of flowers, Ruth asked that donations be made in her memory to either St. Philips Church, St. Mary’s Church or to the Mother Lurana home.

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