Dummerston- Ruth B. Allard, 90, of Middle Road, died peacefully early Monday morning, June 18, 2018 at the Thompson House where she had been a resident since May.
Ruth was born at home in Putney on April 30, 1928 the daughter of George Reuben and Gladys Myra (Ward) Braley. She was raised in Putney attending Washburn Elementary school in a one room schoolhouse (#3) for years one through six, Central School in Putney for two years and graduated from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1946.
Following graduation, she went to work for Ray Pestle, then extension agent at the Farm Bureau Extension service, until she married. Sixteen years later she worked for the Windham County Farm Bureau. Her last position was with Ray Godfrey at the Soil Conservation Service. She took great pride in her home and was also a devoted homemaker.
Active civically, she cooked for the Loaves and Fishes Program for fifteen years, knitted hats, scarfs, sweaters and mittens for RSVP, made baby quilts for the Linus project and was an active volunteer for many years with the annual Dummerston Pie Festival. She also was active with the strawberry, peach, blueberry and chicken pot pie suppers held at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.
Ruth also enjoyed making quilts and was a member of the Yankee Pride Quilting Group in Vermont and the Pelican Piecemakers in Florida. The Yankee Pride group won the Governor’s Award for a group quilt at the annual quilt show in 2001 for a quilt called “Vermont Beauty.” Ruth also won the People’s choice award in Florida for an individual quilt.
A woman of faith, she was a member of Dummerston Congregational Church and a former member of Putney Federated Church and Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro.
Ruth wintered in Florida where she and Bob bought a home in 1972 in Edgewater. For 53 years she made Edgewater her home during the winter months. While in Florida she enjoyed watching the wildlife and shrimping. She also loved to travel.
On October 11, 1947 at the Putney Federated Church she was married to Robert C. Allard who predeceased her on March 19, 1992.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Allard, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Putney and Clifford Allard and his wife Sally of Guilford; one sister, Sylvia Barton of Springfield, VT; two grandchildren, Trevor and Brittany Allard; and many nieces, nephews and several cousins.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Gladys Miller and Harriet Aplin.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 P.M. at the Dummerston Congregational Church with Rev. Shawn Bracebridge officiating. Burial will follow in Dummerston Center Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 1:30 until the start of the service.
Memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to: Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, East Dummerston, VT 05346 or to the Thompson House Activities Fund, 80 Maple St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.