In memory of
Ruth Chambers Rennie, born September 18, 1918 as Ruth Esther Jones, completed her mortal journey on Easter Monday, April 17, 2017. Her 98 years were filled with service to others, care for her family, and lifelong love of learning. All are welcome to attend a celebration of her life on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Rd., Ballston Lake, NY. Contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Community Hospice of Saratoga. With Marvin Sims Chambers (d. 1979) she parented four children, James, Eve, and John and the late Grant. Her quiet determination helped assure first generation college degrees for all four, who in turn added seven grandchildren, their further academic accomplishments, and six great-grandchildren to her progeny, among whom her various traits, including artistry and service, frequently reappear. With Henry Rennie (d. 1987) she enjoyed a second marriage of notable, if fleeting, joy. Of her 10 siblings, she is survived by her sister, Nadine as well as treasured cousins; in-laws and out-laws; none more treasured than her surrogate daughter, Joanne. Along her path were innumerable good deeds inspired in part by her devout Christianity – Fresh Air children, Navy servicemen at Thanksgiving tables, expectant mothers in need of refuge. Alongside jobs ranging from commercial art to the Visiting Nurse Association, her main employment was in caring for her family and others. Her baking attained household fame; the aromas of her signature breads were known to inspire uphill races to be first at spreading the butter and homemade jam. Her most tangible legacies may be her watercolors, brought forth in the latter decades of her life. Also memorable were a love of poetry and a tendency to play again and again the recordings of Broadway musicals. Completely intangible were her occasional gifts of foresight; she sensed the illness of a family member 5,000 miles away and in 2003 she proclaimed David Ortiz as her favorite player on her beloved Red Sox. Ruth also used her artistic skills to adorn a kitchen door in the Chambers' family home with words that are a fitting reminder and epitaph: Most of us creep into life Not knowing why we are here Save to consume the fowl, the flesh, the fish And leave behind an empty dish. What are YOU here for? Please visit townleywheelerfh.com to leave condolence messages in Ruth's Book of Memories.
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